Basketball: Camden legends Smith, Wagner to enter NJSIAA Hall of Fame

 

Camden High School basketball legends Ron 'Itchy' Smith and Milt Wagner will be inducted into the NJSIAA Hall of Fame in December.

The announcement was made Wednesday at the NJSIAA's monthly executive committee meeting at its headquarters in Robbinsville.

Smith, a 1960 graduate, is widely regarded as one of the best -- if not THE best -- players in South Jersey basketball history.

Smith led Camden to undefeated seasons in 1959 and 1960. He scored 1,301 career points.

During Smith's career, Camden won 47 straight games and captured back-to-back Group 4 state titles.

Smith played at Tennessee State.

Wagner, a 1981 graduate, scored 2,005 career points. During his three seasons as a starter, Camden went 77-8 and won three South Jersey Group 4 titles as well as the 1979 Group 4 state crown.

In Wagner's senior year in 1981, Camden averaged 104 points and was regarded as perhaps the best team in the nation -- this was beforre any official national high school rankings -- before suffering an upset loss to Neptune in the state semifinals.

Wagner played at the University of Louisville and combined with former Camden teammates Billy Thompson and Kevin Walls to lead the Cardinals to the 1986 NCAA title with a victory over Duke.

Wagner also won an NBA title as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Hall of Fame induction event will be held Dec. 5 at the Pines Manor in Edison.

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