After Kentucky’s No.1 point guard target decided to stay close to home and choose Southern Methodist over the Wildcats, John Calipari’s search continues. Emmanuel Mudiay was being chased by Calipari all summer long, and many felt he was Kentucky’s to lose. Not only did Mudiay shock the world, he shocked the recruiting trail as well.
Dominic Magee is a 6-foot-3 guard from Louisiana who is flying under the radar nationally. No. 66 best player in the 2014 class is the rank assigned to him by 247sports. His lower ranking is a far cry from the top-10 prospects John Calipari usually hunts the most. The Wildcats join LSU, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Memphis as finalists in Magee’s services. The other four schools have already offered a scholarship, and Magee believes Kentucky’s offer is coming.
Kentucky has made offers to the former No.1 point guard Tyus Jones and Chicago point guard Tyler Ulis. Jones has had an offer from Kentucky the longest, and Ulis has only had his a few weeks. Mudiay’s decision forced John Calipari to pick up his interest in Magee, but that won’t hurt the ‘Cats in the long run. If Kentucky offers, they will immediately become the favorites in Magee’s recruitment.
Magee’s AAU team director spoke with the Lexington Herald Leader about his player and what Kentucky means. He tells the paper that Kentucky’s coaching staff really likes Magee because of his size and mobility. He has a very crafty game, he’s athletic, he can score, and he’s very explosive. When it comes to the history of Kentucky guards, he’s already most compared to former shooting guard Eric Bledsoe. Magee can create space and explode off of his feet like Bledsoe, and he’s a little taller too.
When you look at the recent successes of the players that go to Kentucky, Magee has to heavily consider the Wildcats if he wishes to have a pro career. I’m not saying he can’t go to the NBA by playing for any other school, but Kentucky would give him the best shot. The Wildcats will get the most exposure and point guards thrive in John Calipari’s dribble drive motion offense.
Magee plans to take official visits to all five schools left in his recruitment. Those dates have yet t o be announced.
Brian Lewis is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. You can add him to your network on Google for more of his work.