Guard Kobe Magee Announces His Intentions to Transfer from UTEP
Hours after sophomore guard Evan Gilyard declared he would be transferring from UTEP, fellow sophomore guard Kobe Magee decided that he too will be leaving the program.
"Nothin but love and appreciation for a city that embraced me from the start. I'm grateful for all the connections I've made these past two years with the best fans in college basketball. Not sure where the future will take me next, but it's in my best interest to move on. Thank you El Paso... forever in my heart," Magee wrote via Instagram today.
Magee, a San Antonio native, broke through the scene for the Miners last year where he appeared in 30 games with 16 starts, averaging 4.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg and 1.7 apg. He led the league in 3-point field goal percentage for C-USA games (.531). His 42.5 percent from 3-point range put him at second in C-USA for 3-point percentage on the season.
He saw his numbers decline under the new system, starting in just five of 25 games and averaged 3.5 points per game. He was still efficient when scoring, though, shooting .35/.31/.61 on the season. Magee averaged 21 minutes per game and did not see action in UTEP's final game against Middle Tennessee.
From an outside perspective, it seems like this move is best for both parties. Magee can now essentially transfer to a program that will garnish his abilities to score and handle the ball. When needed, he can be a crafty passer and has a quick release.
As mentioned, Magee will join Gilyard as the two players transferring from the program. UTEP now meets their scholarship requirement for next year, following Magee's departure. The Miners will have a loaded backcourt next year with the likes of Jordan Lathon, Nigel Hawkins, Souley Boum, Anthony Tarke, Deon Stroud, Kaden Archie, Brandon Wenzel and Jesse Zarzuela leading the way for UTEP.