Dominic Magee, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Harvey (LA) Helen Cox, is the latest floor general whom Kentucky is focusing on.
Magee told SNY.tv by text that he’s “planning on” speaking with Kentucky coach John Calipari “hopefully this week.”
Kentucky has already missed out on Emmanuel Mudiay (SMU) and could lose Tyus Jones to Duke. Josh Perkins, who never received a Kentucky offer, pledged to Gonzaga last weekend. And Tyler Ulis is being courted by Michigan State, among others.
Magee is now considering Kentucky along with Memphis, LSU, Kansas State and Oklahoma State. His AAU coach, Titus Randle of Louisiana Future, told SNY.tv by phone that Magee has visits planned to Memphis and LSU next month. He is also slated to take the ACT Sept 21.
“I think [Kentucky] has interest in him,” Randle said. “I know they have talked.”
Randle said Magee broke out while competing at the LeBron James and Deron Williams camps this summer and at other events.
“Dominic is really elusive,” he said. “The kid’s got nice size, he’s real athletic. I think his upside of being a point guard, it’s real good, almost like Russell Westbrook in high school. He’s similar, real athletic, moves well. Makes the right plays, makes a lot of good decisions and everything.
“He has great size. He’s real explosive in small spaces. He can get up and go and get up in the air in small spaces.”
Randle also compared him to former Kentucky point guard Eric Bledsoe.
“Bledsoe was real elusive and could really jump and do a lot of things,” he said. “If he got a big running start, he was very efficient. Dominic, he’s lefthanded. Coming in he can shoot better than those guys. He has a mid-range and he can shoot a 3.”
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