The Memphis Tigers has landed their first recruit for the class of 2014. Do you want to guess who? No, it is not Cliff Alexander or Torian Graham or Jeff Newberry. Dominic Magee, the four star point guard from Harvey, La., has committed to the University of Memphis. Apparently, he committed first thing Sunday morning.
He currently attends Helen Cox High School and he wants to be a Memphis Tiger. The 6-3, 180-pound guard took an official visit to Memphis this weekend and was very pleased with what he saw.
“I know I’m a priority to them and I know I’m wanted,” said Magee. “As a player, that’s all you really want from a head coach and the staff, that the whole staff wants you there.
“I’m not too far from home, but I am away from home. That’s real good. My mom and dad can watch me play, and my 1-year-old son too. I’m just blessed that I was able to get this opportunity. I’m happy I didn’t let it pass me up.”
While Magee was considering Memphis, he had offers from Kentucky, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and LSU. Before he got back on the plane to head home, he mentioned to the Commercial Appeal that he will not take anymore visits to other schools.
“One hundred percent, I’m a Memphis Tiger,” said Magee.
Titus Randle, the director and founder of the AAU team Louisiana Future, mentioned that he wasn’t surprised by Magee’s decision. He compares Magee to Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook. He figured that his decision was based solely on playing time.
“The whole thing is, like me and his parents were talking about, what’s a good fit for him?” said Randle. “Not to say the other schools are not good fits, too, but you want to look at what opportunity there is for him to get and it’s not far from home. I’m not surprised that he picked the Tigers because of their style of play. They’re going to play fast.
“I think him and the kid Tigers redshirt freshman Pookie Powell are going to be a good backcourt together. They both can play on the ball or off the ball.”
Recruiting analyst Reggie Rankin from ESPN.com thinks Magee is a good fit for the system that Pastner loves to run.
“He is an excellent slasher with a nice mid-range pull-up jump shot when in rhythm,” said Rankin.
“He excels on the break and gets in the lane with ease. He gets teammates involved and can defend both guard positions.
“I like him more at the point guard position because he runs the offense and constant pressure to the defense. The kid is a playmaker,” said Rankin.
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.