A new name has emerged in Kentucky’s 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 Magee’s 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 Magee’s list have all offered.
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 Magee’s Louisiana Future squad — told the Herald-Leader that UK made contact earlier 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. He’s real crafty. I think what they like is he’s able to make plays. He’s explosive, he’s 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 Magee’s camp and Kentucky. Wednesday night’s phone call will be Magee’s 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’s 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. It’s effortless with him.”
If Calipari has indeed offered, 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. “I’ve told him that I don’t want to be biased, because all those schools are great. But just look at the results of Kentucky. It’s Kentucky. His talent and where he’s capable of going, he’s one of those special kids.
“I mean, who wouldn’t want to play for Kentucky? That’s not a hard sale at all.”
Magee is planning to take visits to the five finalists on his list, and those trips could start as early as next month. There’s no timetable for his college decision, and Randle said the lateness of UK’s offer would not be a negative against the Cats.
“You’ve got to want to be coached, that’s what I told him,” he said. “The kid is really that talented. He needs a guy like Cal or somebody that’s going to be tough on him.”