6-10 Magley Makes Decision

D.J. Magley's recruitment heated up in the end but it was a Sun Belt program that fended off all comers for this 6-foot-10 center.

Hoops runs in the Magley Family. D.J. Magley, a 6-foot-10 center from Bradenton (Fla.) Bradenton Christian, is the son of Dave Magley, a former Kansas standout who played in the NBA.

As of Thursday, Dave's son is headed to Western Kentucky to play for Darrin Horn in the Sun Belt.

Dave, who is also his son's high school coach, said his son turned into a hot commodity even though he wasn't a huge name on the AAU circuit.

"He was just on a team where he didn't get a lot of touches. He didn't really show well and it didn't work out for him. It became kind of a mid-major feast to see who was going to come down and work the hardest."

Mid-majors like Valparaiso and Western Kentucky came strong and so did other programs like SMU and Rhode Island. Iowa and Purdue were involved on some level as well.

"I had to do a DNA test to make sure he's my son because he passes up some shots" – Dave Magley on his son

"At that point, Western had done such a good job of creating a family environment with WKU, Valpo and Purdue was sneaking in at the end."

That's when Western turned up the head and locked him down. Magley is taking his 16.4 points and 12 boards to Western next fall. Last season his team was 29-2 and lost in the state finals.

Dad/coach spoke about his son/player's strengths and weaknesses.

"I would say the knock going into the summer was his athleticism and it wasn't where it needed to be. He went from 26% body fat to 10% body fat. He can really run and catch and he's a great passer; a good scorer, not a great scorer but he's got a great stroke. He's got a lot of upside to him."

And room to get better.

"A weakness he probably needs to learn to move his feet better."


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