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Milt Wagner

Milt Wagner
Personal information
Born (1963-02-20) February 20, 1963 (age 53)
Camden, New Jersey
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Camden (Camden, New Jersey)
College Louisville (1981–1986)
NBA draft 1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Pro career 1986–1999
Position Shooting guard / Point guard
Number 20, 25
Career history
As player:
1986–1987 Rockford Lightning (CBA)
1987 La Crosse Catbirds (CBA)
1987–1988 Los Angeles Lakers
1988–1989 Rapid City Thrillers (CBA)
1990 Miami Heat
1990–1991 Quad City Thunder (CBA)
1991 Memphis Rockers (WBL)
1992–1993 Paris Basket Racing (France)
1993–1994 Beitar Ramat Gan (Israel)
1994–1995 Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)
1995–1996 Hapoel Holon (Israel)
1997–1998 TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Germany)
1998–1999 Espé Basket Châlons-en-Champagne (France)
As coach:
2000–2006 Memphis (basketball ops. coord.)
2006–2010 UTEP (assistant)
2010–2014 Auburn (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Milton "Milt" Wagner (born February 20, 1963) is a retired American basketball player in the NBA and former assistant coach for the Auburn Tigers.[1]

Wagner played high school basketball at Camden High School.[2]

A 6'5" point guard/shooting guard he led the Louisville Cardinals to the 1986 NCAA Championship along with three Final Four berths (1982, 1983, 1986) as well as to the 1984 Sweet Sixteen. He helped the Cardinals to a 113-32 record, three Metro Conference regular season titles and two Metro Conference Tournament crowns during his college career. He redshirted the 1985 season with a broken foot.

A three-time All-Metro Conference selection, Wagner ranks fifth (was fourth after finishing collegiate career) in Cardinal history with 1,836 career points, with a 12.7 career scoring average while also averaging 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds. He played in 144 career games, second all-time at Louisville, and started the last 111 games he played. He ranks sixth in career assists (432) and seventh in career free throw percentage (.808, 336-of-413).

Wagner was drafted in the second round of the 1986 NBA Draft. Wagner is one of the few players that have won national titles in high school, college and in the NBA. He achieved this together with team mate Billy Thompson with whom he played in all 3 sporting levels (except for the NBA—Thompson won the title one year before Wagner).

Wagner is also the father of former NBA player Dajuan Wagner. He served as an assistant men's basketball coach for the University of Texas at El Paso under Tony Barbee.[3] He later moved to Auburn as part of Barbee's staff there.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Milt Wagner Assistant Coach". Auburn University. 
  2. ^ Strauss, Robert. "IN PERSON; Hoop Dreams Revisit Camden", The New York Times, February 13, 2000. Accessed April 6, 2008. "Legends have grown up around its stars, from the Sunkett brothers and Itchy Smith in the 1960s to Billy Thompson and Milt Wagner, teammates in the early 1980s, both of whom went on to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.
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