A new name has emerged in Kentuckys post-Mudiay world.
Dominic Magee, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Louisiana, named five finalists Wednesday, and UK was one of them. The Wildcats joined Memphis, LSU, Kansas State and Oklahoma State on Magees list.
Magee said in a text message Wednesday that he thinks he already has a UK scholarship offer and that John Calipari was supposed to call him later in the day. The four other schools on Magees list have all offered him scholarships.
Kentucky has extended offers to two other point guards from the Class of 2014: Tyus Jones and Tyler Ulis. The Cats missed on perceived No. 1 target Emmanuel Mudiay, who committed to Southern Methodist on Saturday.
Titus Randle the AAU team director of Magees Louisiana Future squad told the Herald-Leader that UK made contact this summer but has picked up its interest in Magee over the past week or so.
They like him, Randle said. They like his versatility. I think Dominic is one of those kids who has great size and mobility. Hes real crafty. I think what they like is hes able to make plays. Hes explosive, hes athletic and he can score. And he can shoot really well for a high school kid.
UK assistant coach Kenny Payne, who Randle said is a friend, has been the main point of contact between Magees camp and Kentucky. Wednesday nights phone call will be Magees first conversation with Calipari.
247Sports ranks Magee as the No. 66 overall prospect in the Class of 2014. ESPN has him at No. 71.
Randle described his player as an athletic, explosive left-handed guard. He said he has heard several comparisons to former Kentucky standout Eric Bledsoe.
He can create space and just elevate without having to get a running start or anything, he said. He can just turn the corner at the free-throw line and be in the air. Its effortless with him.
If Calipari has indeed offered a scholarship, the Cats would have to be considered one of the favorites for an under-the-radar point guard with aspirations of a pro basketball career.
I think he fits the mold of recent guards that John Calipari has had, Randle said. Ive told him that I dont want to be biased, because all those schools are great. But just look at the results of Kentucky. Its Kentucky. His talent and where hes capable of going, hes one of those special kids.
I mean, who wouldnt want to play for Kentucky? Thats not a hard sale at all.
Magee plans to take visits to the five finalists on his list, and those trips could start as early as next month. Theres no timetable for his college decision, and Randle said the lateness of UKs offer would not be a negative against the Cats.
Youve got to want to be coached, thats what I told him, he said. The kid is really that talented. He needs a guy like Cal or somebody thats going to be tough on him.
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