In a performance that Wilt Chamberlain would be proud of, but the opposing team took exception to, a New Jersey high school basketball star scored 100 points in a game Tuesday night.
Dajuan Wagner, a highly regarded schoolboy player, hit the century mark in Camden High School's lopsided 157-67 win over Gloucester Township Technical School.
It's a remarkable feat, one that has been accomplished only once in the NBA - by Chamberlain.
"I felt it today," Wagner said to the local media after the game. "Once the game started, I knew I was going to have a good day."
"He was stroking it today," said opposing coach Rob Sweeney. "This is the first time I have ever been on the other end of something like this."
And Sweeney wasn't thrilled with the experience.
"Not taking anything away from DaJuan ... he's legit," Sweeney said. "But it's demoralizing. They're kids. What do you say to your kids at halftime? 'Why aren't they pulling off the press. Coach?' I don't know. I guess they don't have sportsmanship like we try to teach each other."
Wagner was unsympathetic.
"I know if they had the chance to do that, they'd do the same thing," he said.
His coach tried to justify leaving Wagner in the game until he hit 100.
"I told him I was only going to play him only three minutes of the fourth," Glen Jackson said. "But after just three minutes he was up to 90 and he asked if he could stay in until he hit 100.
"He has never asked me before to stay in a game to achieve a personal goal," Jackson continued. "For all he has done for our program , I just couldn't refuse him. If any negativity comes out of this, I will accept full responsibility."
Wagner has already committed to play basketball next season at Memphis. His father Milt, who starred at the University of Louisville in his college days and also played in the NBA, is the coordinator of basketball operations at Memphis.
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