Height/Weight: 6’4, 200 lbs
Fletcher Magee has been one of the premier three point shooters in college basketball over the past few seasons. In his junior season last year he hit 148 threes and shot it at a 44% clip from behind the arc. This season, he is back around that 43% mark.
His biggest strength is definitely his shooting. He has a quick release and the ability to hit tough off-balance shots from anywhere on the court.
And when I say tough…I mean TOUGH. He’s pulling up for shots before he even makes eye contact with the rim.
He’s one of the guys that you can rely on to hit the shot when he’s got a clean look at the basket as well. Wofford tries to get the ball in his hands as much as possible by having him come off screens on the ball side after running along the baseline. His ability to get separation off of these screens is impressive, as he is good at using his quick feet to get by defenders and cut those quick corners around the screens.
And even if he doesn’t get separation, he’s more than comfortable with putting the ball down and pull up for a shot.
Fletcher Magee has shown the ability at times to put the ball down, attack the basket, and finish at an average rate. His dynamite three point shot allows for him to get by his defender despite his elite ball handling ability. As long as the three point threat is there (which it almost certainly will always be) his offensive game in its entirety will be able to flourish.
Magee’s biggest weakness is his defense. He has difficulty fighting through both on and off ball screens, which can even sometimes be due to his lack of communication.
Magee is not a physical defender and does not seem willing to hit the defensive glass or to box out the nearest offensive player. When guarding on the ball he keeps his hands closer to his sides instead of extending his arms so that he can provide pressure on the ball-handler.
His off-ball defense is also a major weakness, as he rarely makes an effort to play the passing lanes. Effort, what seems like laziness at times, and lack of communication are Fletcher Magee’s biggest detriments defensively.
When Magee went up against UNC this year, he struggled from the field. However, he struggled even more from behind the arc, finishing 3 for 15. His offensive struggles could have been a product of early season jitters or a lengthy and tough UNC team. However, Magee still managed to score 21 points and proved that he could score in a variety of ways. Since then, he has been unbelievable in conference play and have gotten even more people to see him as a real NBA prospect.
There is no question that he is a solid scorer and an elite three-point shooter. I definitely see him as a realistic draft prospect and one that a team might reach for this year given the fact that he is arguably the best shooter in the nation.