The college basketball season is now a few weeks old and that means it’s time to start looking at mock drafts for the 2019 NBA Draft. While CBB Today is mostly about collegians, the site does dabble in NBA Draft things and we’ve started our own Sleeper Series that tipped off with Murray State’s Ja Morant. This week we will take a look at Wofford sharpshooter Fletcher Magee.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior has been lighting up the scoreboard since he stepped on campus, as he averaged 13.8 points a game in his freshman season. In four games so far this season, Magee is averaging, 19.3 points and 1.3 steals a game, while he is shooting a career-low 40.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Again, that is his lowest shooting percentage he’s had from behind the three-point arc in his career and it’s only been four games.
Magee is flying under the radar right now, but has already had solid performances against two Power-5 schools in North Carolina and Oklahoma. He scored 21 and 19 points against them, respectively.
The youngster is a straight up gunslinger. He takes and makes incredibly difficult shots and you can see that in some of these highlights from the UNC game.
One of Magee’s superpowers, as it were, is using screens better than a lot of pros. I am going to give him a Ray Allen comparison, but only in the sense of how he uses his teammates, so let’s not get carried away and take that out of context.
Wofford knows to get its offense going Magee needs to get shots. In turn, they try to free him up as much as possible by throwing screens upon screens at his defender. Magee does a great job of cutting cleanly off his screener, then creating separation to get himself open looks. Of course, he then does a good job of hitting the shot with that extra space.
He’s constantly moving, which not only wears on the defender but also gets Magee into his shooting form more easily.
Magee is able to get up so many shots in games because he not only can shoot extremely well at all three levels, but he has a series of jabs and fakes he uses to get defenders off-balance. He will use either a strong jab or ball fake to get his defender leaning one way and then use that to make a couple decisions after.
He will either pull up if his defender is too far off him to contest the shot well; or he will continue to use the screen to get into the teeth of the defense; or even to side-step his defender to get his shot off behind the three-point line. Rarely does he look to pass it (as you can tell by his 0.3 assists a game), as he is the best option on his team and has a penchant for hitting some tough, contested shots. You can actually witness his confidence only grow as the game goes on and he’s hitting shots.
While shooting may make up for a multitude of sins, Magee’s biggest issues are on the defensive end where there are times he really just doesn’t care. He will choose to outshoot his opponent rather than try to stop them more often than not. He doesn’t really fight through screens on-ball or off-ball. Nor does he really pressure ball handlers, really box out and or play passing lanes all too often.
Assuming he pumps up his shooting percentages by a couple of points or so, Magee will get serious consideration for the NBA Draft. He actually worked out for several teams last summer, gently placing him on some radars. He will have to play defense at some point, though, as shooting can make up for only so many sins.
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