Kevin Magee (basketball)
|Born||January 24, 1959
|Died||October 23, 2003(aged 44)|
|Listed height||6 ft. 8 (203 cm)|
|High school||South Pike (Magnolia, Mississippi)|
|College||Saddleback College (1978–1980)
UC Irvine (1980–1982)
|NBA draft||1982 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Suns|
|1984–1990||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|1993–1994||Maccabi Rishon LeZion|
|Career highlights and awards|
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. 2.03m tall and weighing 104 kg, he played at the power forward position.
He played collegiately for two years for the Anteaters of the University of California, Irvine. A two-time All-American basketball player in the early 1980s, Magee was also the Pacific Coast Athletic Association player of the year in 1980-81 and 1981-82. In those two seasons he averaged 26.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, and shot 66% from the field, was a first-team Associated Press All-American, first-team All-West Coast, and first-team All-District 8 both seasons, was the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (now Big West) Player of the Year each season, 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. His is the only number retired in UCI history, and he was inducted into the UCI Hall of Fame in 1997.
Later he played for Maccabi Tel Aviv, winning 6 Israeli Championships (1985-1990) and 5 Israeli State Cups (1985-1987, 1989, 1990). He also was a two-time Euroleague semifinalist (1985, 1986) and 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 Saporta Cup finalist in 1991.