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04/28/06

Magee commits to play at Siena

James Johnson
Staff writer

(April 28, 2006) Fairport senior Cory Magee has decided where he wants to play college basketball again.

Magee is shooting for Siena College, outside of Albany, another Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference school that heavily recruited the 6-foot-8 All-Greater Rochester forward before he signed with Canisius in November.

Magee said that Siena officials plan to send his scholarship papers as early as today.

He was cleared to attend another Division I college earlier this week when MAAC member Canisius released Magee from the letter of intent he signed five months ago.

Mike MacDonald, the coach that Magee wanted to play for at Canisius, was fired after last season.

"I hope the fans at Siena realize this is where I want to be and that I'm going to bring it every night," Magee said. "I can't control whether they do, but at least coach Fran McCaffery wants me there.

"That's the most important thing."

Magee also considered Coastal Carolina. He was tempted by the possibility of joining All-Star guard and McQuaid graduate Jack Leasure, who Magee says is "a great friend."

"But I sat down and thought about it," Magee said. "Siena was just where my heart was at. I didn't see the need for any other visits."

Magee averaged 16 points and 15 rebounds a game as Fairport (22-2) won its first Section V title in 31 years last season.

The connection between MacDonald and Magee was strong enough that the Fairport star committed to Canisius during the early signing period.

Magee joins a team that includes his AAU assistant coach and players he is somewhat familiar with from summer games with the Albany Rocks.

JAMESJ@DemocratandChronicle.com 

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