There are worse places to be with a few days to kill than Las Vegas. But after two days of wandering the strip and hanging out at their home-base, the Hooters Casino Hotel, the Louisiana Future had to get serious Wednesday night in its first game of the Las Vegas Classic AAU tournament.
The Future defeated its first opponent, ICP Elite of Oregon, but the tournament is loaded with the best teams in the country, including the Mac Irvin Fire and the Oakland Soldiers. The Future will play Fundamental University (Illinois) today. It is the last tournament of the year for most teams and the last AAU tournament ever for rising seniors, like point guard Dominic Magee of Helen Cox.
With St. Augustine's Craig Victor transferring out of state to Findlay Prep, many analysts rate Magee as Louisiana's top prospect for 2014. He hasn't gotten serious about recruiting yet and hasn't taken or scheduled any visits, but he will soon.
Magee has impressed scouts enough that he has been able to attend major camps and events around the country, including the LeBron James Skills Academy and the Reebok Camp.
"My summer has been busy and fun," Magee said, via telephone from his room at the Hooters Casino. "This is my last AAU tournament. After it's over, I'll be scheduling my visits and start enjoying the process of being recruited. It's gone pretty good so far. I'm getting recruited by some top schools."
Among those schools is LSU, which Magee said offered him a scholarship several months ago. He said he is being recruited by LSU head coach Johnny Jones and assistant coach David Patrick.
"Coach Jones calls a lot and so does Coach Patrick," Magee said.
Also calling regularly are Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, UCLA, Memphis, Louisiana Tech, Oral Roberts, Houston, Texas A&M, Arizona, Tulsa, Minnesota, Tulane and Indiana. Magee claims all have offered him a scholarship.
He declined to name a favorite, but said LSU is definitely a school of interest.
"LSU is a great school," he said. "The coaching staff is good. It's my state school and you can get a good education there."
"I'm looking for a school that will let me run the team and play as a freshman," Magee said. "I haven't made the decision if I want to go out of state, but if I do, I want it to be a good community and a place where I feel at home."
Magee said he plans to start taking visits in August, but will not sign until the late period in April.
Magee ready to crank up recruiting process
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