Wojcik Discusses Magley Transfer


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Oct 31, 2008
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University of Tulsa Head Basketball Coach Doug Wojcik said today that D.J. Magley finalized his transfer to the Golden Hurricane basketball program from Western Kentucky University after Magley signed scholarship papers. The 6-9, 255-pound forward, will sit out the 2009-10 season and have two years of eligibility.

"D.J. has a huge body and great skills," said Wojcik. "He has an excellent pedigree with his father and mother's background athletically. He brings a great IQ to the game as well as the ability to score and pass in the low post.

"He has experience of playing in the NCAA Tournament. He started as a true freshman at Western Kentucky, scored 18 points against Michigan at Thanksgiving and went on to play in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. He'll make us better immediately just by his presence in practice."

Magley spent the past two seasons at Western Kentucky University, where he played in 70 games and started 34 contests. The Hilltoppers made the NCAA Tournament both years, and Magley had career averages of 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds, while shooting 52-percent from the field.

Magley started 33 of 36 games his freshman season as the Hilltoppers reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. He scored 4.8 points and grabbed 3.3 rebounds per game in 15.7 minutes of playing time.

Magley prepped at Bradenton (Fla.) Christian School where he lettered and started all four years, helping his school compile a four-year mark of 94-28. He left as the school's all-time leader in points (1,815), rebounds (1,269), assists (416) and blocked shots.

As a senior, Magley averaged 24.9 points, 14.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists, while earning All-America and all-state honors. He was named the Florida Gulf Coast Player of the Year and the Manatee County Player of the Year.

"D.J. is a very positive individual who comes from a very strong Christian family," said Wojcik. "When I talk about character, he really fits the mold of the rest of our team as far as having high character. He also has a great gift of communication. He'll be a great ambassador for TU basketball.

"During the whole recruiting process, trust is a big thing. With D.J.'s dad, Dave, playing his collegiate basketball for Coach Ted Owens at Kansas, being a grandfather-like figure and living here, I think that had something to do with D.J. feeling comfortable about his decision to come to Tulsa.

"Beside ourselves, he knows that he would have people around him that care about him. I think that had a lot to do with his decision."

Magley's father, Dave, was Indiana Mr. Basketball, played four years at the University of Kansas and was the 28th pick in the 1982 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.