Former UAH men’s basketball star Josh Magette participated in a pre-draft workout for the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday as he aims to become the third active product of the program to play professionally.
“It was really cool to be able to work out with a bunch of guys who are probably going to be drafted,” Magette said. “It was a great experience – something I’ll remember for a long time.”
The 2012 Daktronics South Region Player of the Year joined five others at the team’s training facility, and the day included a 75-minute session on the floor.
“We were really excited for Josh to have the opportunity,” said Lennie Acuff who mentored Magette during his four seasons with the Blue and White. “He’s obviously proven himself to be a great player at our level, and we’re excited about the opportunities that he has going forward to play professionally.”
The Birmingham, Ala., native was a two-time All-American, and he rewrote the record books in becoming the Gulf South Conference’s all-time leader in assists with 878 and steals with 268. Helping the Chargers reach new heights, he was an integral member of a squad that won the NCAA South Regional two straight years en route to a pair of Elite Eight appearances.
That team success has placed Huntsville on the basketball map.
“I think obviously the success we’ve had has brought more attention to our program, and I think it’s given our players more opportunities to do things when they finish school,” said Acuff before having more praise for his former point guard. “Josh – his accolades speak for themselves. His work ethic and his commitment to improve were absolutely awarded with this opportunity. We’re just so excited about what lies ahead for his future, and he deserves everything he’s getting.”
Magette has received additional interest from other teams in the NBA, and should he join the professional ranks, he would become part of a group that currently includes Joe Smith who is currently playing in Argentina and Jason Smith who plays in Germany.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations