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Former Wayne star dropping basketball for shot at football career

Ahmad Wagner, a three-sport star at Wayne High School, is making a change. 

Iowa announced Tuesday afternoon Wagner is leaving the Hawkeyes basketball program after three seasons to pursue a college football career. 

“A person of strong faith, I am following God’s plan and I am eager for this next chapter,” Wagner said in a news release. “I leave the Iowa men’s basketball team with new friendships and incredible memories that I will forever treasure. I want to thank (coach Fran) McCaffery, staff, and teammates for helping me grow both as a basketball player and person.” 

The Yellow Spring native was listed at 6-foot-7, 235 pounds on the Iowa roster this past season, when he played in 30 games and started seven.

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He averaged 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 9.1 minutes per game, all career lows. 

“My plan now is to train and get my body into football shape so I can be ready for when I decide where I will finish my athletic and academic goals,” Wagner said. “Thank you Hawkeye nation for your support and welcoming me when I first stepped onto campus.”

He caught 58 passes for 1,048 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior at Wayne, including five catches for 55 yards and a score in the Warriors’ state title game loss to Lakewood St. Edward. 

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That same school year he was the leading scorer on the basketball team, averaging 11.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as the Warriors went 26-4 and won the Division I state championship. 

FLASHBACK: Wagner commits to Iowa

He was one of the top 300 football prospects in the country as a senior when 247Sports rated him as a four-star receiver prospect. 

He was a three-star basketball prospect and the No. 10 player in Ohio. 

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