Senior guard Fletcher Magee takes dead aim at the NCAA record for three-pointers in a career
MIKE YOUNG, Wofford's coach of 17 years, had a front row seat as Steph Curry rained three-pointers for Davidson a decade ago. Over the last 3½ seasons he has watched his own guard, 6'4" Fletcher Magee (far right), eclipse Curry's Southern Conference record of 414 threes while firing with greater accuracy (43.4% to 41.2%). "What Steph has gone on to do is great," Young says, "but Magee is way up there."
Magee hits most of his triples off screens, but he's also deft at catching the ball while facing away from the basket and quickly squaring his shoulders, then shooting over a defender. He's especially good at concentrating after contact and converting those free throws: He's taken 382 foul shots in his career and missed just 30 of them (92.1%). His accuracy from beyond the arc is the highest of anyone who ranks in the top 25 for career makes. "He works on all types of shots," says Young. "He can beat you from 15 feet. He's 90% from the line. He's a gifted man."
Magee (a team-high 19.9 points per game) is far from the Terriers' only deep threat: 5'11" sophomore point guard Storm Murphy (50.0%) and 6'4" junior guard Nathan Hoover (44.9%) spread the floor for Young's work-the-clock offense, which ranks third in the nation in three-point shooting. The Terriers buried 13 treys in an 81--61 defeat of South Carolina on Nov. 26, a quality win that has helped them climb to 28th in the NCAA tournament selection committee's NET rankings.
All that could lead to an at-large bid for Wofford (22--4, 14--0 in the SoCon), and might allow Magee, who has 465 threes, to break Oakland guard Travis Bader's Division I record of 504 during March Madness. If he gets even an outside shot at the mark, well, he'll happily take it.
4.4 Made three-pointers per game this season for Magee, which ranks second in the nation.