Kevin Magee
Kevin Magee (basketball).jpg
Magee, in 1990.
Personal information
BornJanuary 24, 1959
Gary, Indiana
DiedOctober 23, 2003(2003-10-23) (aged 44)
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolSouth Pike (Magnolia, Mississippi)
NBA draft1982 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Playing career1982–1994
PositionPower forward / Center
Career history
1982–1983Cagiva Varèse
1983–1984CAI Zaragoza
1984–1990Maccabi Tel Aviv
1990–1991CAI Zaragoza
1991–1992Auxilium Torino
1992–1993Racing Paris
1993–1994Maccabi Rishon LeZion
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
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Kevin Dornell Magee (January 24, 1959 – October 23, 2003), was an American basketball player who played most of his professional career for Maccabi Tel Aviv. He played at the power forward and center positions. Magee played college basketball for the UCI Irvine Anteaters, earning All-American honors in both seasons. In 1993–94, he led the Israel Basketball Premier League in rebounds.

College career

Magee went to Southeastern Louisiana University and then the University of Houston, but he was not ready for school, dropping out both times without playing basketball.[1] He went to Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, before transferring to the University of California, Irvine,[1] where he played two years for the Anteaters in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA, now Big West Conference).[2] A two-time All-American in the early 1980s, Magee was also the PCAA Player of the Year in 1980–81 and 1981–82. In those two seasons, he averaged 26.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game along with a field goal percentage of 66%. He was a first-team All-PCAA and first-team All-District 8 both seasons, was named District 8 Most Valuable Player in 1982, and was ranked in the nation's top 10 in scoring, rebounding, and field-goal percentage both seasons.[2] He was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press in 1981, when he became the first player in NCAA history to finish in the top four in three statistical categories, finishing third in the country in scoring (27.5), second in field goal percentage (67.1) and fourth in rebounding (12.5).[1] His was the first to have their number retired in UCI history, and he was inducted into the UCI Hall of Fame in 1997.[2]

Professional career

Magee was selected by the Phoenix Suns, in the 2nd round (39th overall) of the 1982 NBA Draft; however he never played in the NBA.

He played in Europe, for Spanish side CAI Zaragoza, with whom he won Spanish King's Cup in 1984, and with them, he was also a FIBA Korać Cup semifinalist.

Later, he played for Maccabi Tel Aviv, winning with them 6 Israeli League championships (1985–1990), and 5 Israeli State Cups (1985–1987, 1989, 1990). He was also a two-time EuroLeague semifinalist (1985, 1986), and a three-time Finalist (1987, 1988, 1989). At the peak of his career in Israel, he became a national sensation, being one of the first celebrities featured in advertisements. Most notable was his commercial for Telma peanut butter.

He rejoined CAI Zaragoza in 1991, and was a FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup Finalist, in the 1990-91 season.

While playing with Auxilium Torino of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A, he led the league in rebounding, in the 1991-92 season.

In 1993-94 he was the top rebounder in the Israel Basketball Premier League.

Awards and accomplishments

Personal life

On October 23, 2003, Magee died at age 44 in a car accident on Interstate 55, south of Amite, Louisiana.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Greenberg, Alan (February 11, 1981). "...And a Player Who Is the Center of Attention: High-Scoring Kevin Magee". Los Angeles Times. Part III, pp. 1, 13, 14. Retrieved April 10, 2022 – via
  2. ^ a b c "Magee dies in crash". Daily Pilot. Newport Beach, Calif.: Tribune Publishing. October 24, 2003. Archived from the original on March 8, 2018. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "Former UCI Player Is Killed". Los Angeles Times. October 24, 2003.