Basketball prospect Magee keeping hectic summer schedule
Dominic Magee’s summer vacation is much different from many of his classmates at Helen Cox.
Last week, Magee attended a basketball camp in New Jersey hosted by Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams. On Friday, he left for Las Vegas where NBA Finals MVP LeBron James of the Miami Heat is hosting his own camp this weekend for the best high school basketball players in the country. From there, Magee is scheduled to fly straight to a Reebok basketball camp in Philadelphia.
Magee will then return home for a couple of days, where he may be able to help his mom, Brenda Turner, at her snowball stand in Gretna.
Then he’ll leave again, this time to Los Angeles for an AAU tournament. Then it’s back to Las Vegas for another basketball tournament.
“It’s kinda hard,” said Magee, a point guard. “But my life has been basketball (for years), so it’s not too hard. I know how to manage it.”
Such is the life of one of the top college basketball recruits in Louisiana.
Magee, 16, is aiming to improve his stock, thanks to the new moves he’s learning this summer. It should make for an impressive senior year at Cox, which will try to advance past the first round of the playoffs, where its postseason ended last season.
“It was my first time being in the playoffs,” he said. “We hadn’t been there for four years. So to be there was good, but this year, we want to get further. The whole team is hungry. We know how it feels to lose in the playoffs, and we don’t want to feel like that any more.
“We’re all on the same page. I think we’re going to get it right this year.”
As a senior, he wants to fill up a stat sheet — the high school version of Oscar Robertson. Points, rebounds, assists. Blocks. And he can also expect his number of minutes played to be high. He also plans to be a leader — not just with actions, as he already is, but with words.
It’s something Cox coach Tyrone Mouzon is expecting.
“We expect him to be one of the top players in the state,” Mouzon said. “He’s a 6-3 combo guard who can do a lot of things. We expect him to be a leader this year and hopefully make moves in 5A this year.”
Magee said Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers taught him last week to take his time when playing point guard. Every moment on the court shouldn’t be played at one speed. Don’t rush into a pick roll.
They also taught him to be a leader on the court, regardless of whether he scores 30 points or three. The ball is in his hands, and he’s got to make sure his guys are in the right spot on the court and playing with the right intensity.
“It made me want to come home and grind even harder,” he said. “I saw a lot of the top-ranked players, and that’s where I wanna be. By the end of the summer, I think I should be where I need to be.”
Magee teamed up with Craig Victor at the Williams camp, days before news broke of Victor’s transfer to Findlay Prep.
“Craig was a good teammate,” Magee said. “We talked all day. As a big man, he runs up and down the court. That took a lot of pressure off because he’s a big man that knows how to finish. I don’t have to do too much, just give it to him in the post.”
This summer has marked improvements in his shooting, full-court defense and strength training. And talking on the phone.
College coaches call enough to mimic telemarketers. So many are calling now, it’s easier for Magee to recognize area codes and voices on the phone over names. He and his parents are hoping to come up with a system during the school year that allows his recruiting to continue while not interfering with his studies and limited teenage time.
After all, he’s also a teenager and a father to Dominic Shaquille Magee Jr., who is a year old.
Sometimes coaches call his mother.
Surprising. Hectic. Fun. Busy. All in one.
Basketball and more basketball. He dreamed about all this, but even in his dreams, he didn’t think all this would occur so fast.
He wants to stay humble, even though many of the nation’s best college coaches and their staffs are courting him during what is expected to be an intense competition for his college services. He’s still trying to figure out what he’s looking for in a college, although at the moment he said he wants to be a part of a program in which he can be in a position to start — and hopefully star — as a true freshman.
Magee counts Greg Monroe, the former Cox standout now with the Detroit Pistons, as one of his basketball contacts. Monroe won a state championship with Cox in 2008. Magee’s older brother, Joe Ealy, was Monroe’s teammate. Ealy is also helping little brother train this summer.
“He’s going to be much better this season,” Ealy said. “I’ve been training him every day, trying to get him ready.”
Magee said his current list of suitors include Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Kansas, Kansas State, Memphis, UCLA, LSU, Louisiana Tech, Texas A&M, Alabama and Minnesota.
Magee said he’s received offers from all these schools, excluding Kansas.
“I want a staff that I feel at home with because I know I’m not going to be with my family (in New Orleans). So I want to feel comfortable, want the community to feel welcoming.
“I don’t know where I want to go, I don’t know when I want to (sign),” he said. “I don’t know if it’s going to be before the season or after the basketball season. I think I’m just going to talk to my family and make the best decision I can.”