Josh Pastner is the kind of coach that will not take any crap from his players. He expects his players to act civilized and take life as an student-athlete serious. He’s not that type of coach that will promise you a lot of minutes on the court. When you become a Tiger at Memphis, you have to earn your minutes on the basketball court.
Due to Pastner’s strategy of recruiting, he has not been able to nail a top-5 recruit since he’s been at Memphis. But his approach to the game is fine with Dominic Magee from New Orleans. Magee cut his list to five on Wednesday and mentions he’s thankful for Pastner’s honesty.
Kentucky, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and LSU are the other schools that are looking to nail the 6-4 point/shooting guard.
“You don’t find too many coaches that’ll be that honest with you,” said Magee. “I know how college coaches work. … I just love the coaching staff.”
Magee is scheduled to make an official visit to the University of Memphis on Sept.7. His trip to Memphis will take place on the same weekend as the football team opens up their season at home against the Duke Blue Devils of the ACC. He plans to visit LSU this month as well. He will make his way to Oklahoma State and Kansas State in October. The trip to Kentucky has not been finalized as of yet.
“Me and coach Pastner got real good trust,” said Magee. “We’ve got good chemistry.” Me and assistant coach Robert Kirby probably talk five days out of the week. They make me feel good. The school I go to, I wanna feel like I’m at home and be pushed to the limit. That’s why they’re in my top five.”
Magee is rated a 4-star prospect. His performances over the summer are what placed him as one of the nation’s top guards. With his size, he’s one of the biggest guards in the 2014 class.
Even though Pookie Powell will be a redshirt freshman, Memphis will still need good guards going into the 2014-2015 season. As mentioned before, they will be losing three to four guards after next season. Magee’s decision will rely heavily on the amount of minutes he will play.
“I don’t wanna sound cocky, but I’m not a bench player,” said Magee. “Just sitting on the bench — that’s not me. I wanna go to a school where I can get an opportunity to play as a freshman.
“My plan is to go two years and then into the draft, God willing. I’m trying to start early and show everyone what I’m capable of as a freshman.”
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.