Sunday, September 8, 2013
Magee gives Memphis dynamic PG
By Reggie Rankin
Memphis landed its point guard of the future when Dominic Magee (Gretna, La./Helen Cox), the No. 71 player in the ESPN 100, committed to the Tigers on Sunday over Oklahoma State, LSU, Kansas State and recent interest from Kentucky.
Magee told coach Josh Pastner and his staff right before departing from his official visit.
"I became very close to the coaching staff. They made me feel at home and like I was a priority" said Magee.
So, why did Magee commit and how will he fit with the Tigers?
Why he committed: "They have four senior guards (Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford, Geron Johnson and Mike Dixon), so there is an opportunity to play right away as a freshman, and I think Coach Pastner can help me get to the next level," Magee said.
What he brings: At 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, the four-star Magee is a smooth and explosive point guard with excellent size. He pushes the ball on the break, gets in the paint at will and his jumper is improving at a steady rate to the point that he can drill open jumpers out to the arc when his feet are set. He is also an excellent slasher with a smooth pull-up jumper.
"I am explosive like Russell Westbrook, smooth like Kyrie Irving and have size similar to a Tyreke Evans," he says.
How he fits: Magee will provide the Tigers with a one-man fast break who can finish with flare when he doesn't quickly advance the ball with a pass. In the halfcourt, he can run the offense and deliver to open teammates within the play or as he attacks. He is a threat to make a play off the bounce for himself at any time in the Tigers spread-motion-style offense. Magee also has the size and athletic ability to defend both guard positions and set the tone in the Memphis' man defense. It is safe to say Pastner has added a big time playmaker in Magee.
Who he reminds us of: Magee has some mannerisms similar to former Georgia Tech and NBA point guard Kenny Anderson, another lefty who could get teammates involved, live in the paint off the bounce and knock down timely jumpers.
How the class is shaping up: Magee is first 2014 pledge for the Tigers, but with four senior guards expect Magee to have some backcourt help in the near future. One name that comes to mind is former Texas Tech point guard Josh Gray, another explosive guard who plays in full attack mode and is currently enrolled at Odessa College. Memphis has also been mentioned by power forward Cliff Alexander, who is the No. 2 overall player in the 2014 class and has a mid-October visit date. The Tigers seemed to be just getting started in 2014, but Magee is a terrific way to kick things off.