In 2002, ahead of players like Amare Stoudamire and Caron Butler, the Cleveland Cavaliers were in a desperate need of a star to save their franchise. This happened to be a year before they got their real star LeBron James.
DaJuan Wagner was supposed to be their LeBron James in 2002. At Camden High School in New Jersey, he even scored 100 points in a game. Cleveland hoped he was their savior to get a championship to a city that has not won anything in a long time.
Well, it did not go as planned. He could not stay healthy, and was let go after his contract was done in the 2005-2006 season. Those were his last days in the NBA. So where is he now?
Coming out of high school everyone compared Wagner to an Allen Iverson. He was 6'2" and was a pure scorer. He had star potential written all over him. He did go to college for a year at Memphis, but did the common thing as of late, one and done.
Scouts craved him, and he landed in the perfect place. Cleveland desperately needed a star. He was good, but just could not stay healthy.
He had ulcerative colitis, which is a disease in the intestine. He had to have his colon moved. He tried making a comeback in 2006 with the Warriors, but they bought out his contract. The star just could not find his home.
Now back to the question, where is he now?
He went to play with the Polish team Prokom Trefl Sopot in 2007. Now he is working with A.T.T.A.C.K. Athletic Training headed by Michael Jordan's old trainer, Tim Grover. Grover was Wagner's trainer when he entered the draft in 2002. Wagner is going to see if he can get into a team camp and try to make another run in the NBA.
From Sports Illustrated to GQ, Wagner was supposed to be a new face of the NBA, but injuries made him literally disappear. This shows how the media will love you and take good care of you as a potential star, but just when you get hurt they leave you stranded as if they never knew you.
Wagner is working at making that comeback and may live up to those expectations that surrounded him.