Raising the bar
Wofford guard and The First Academy alum, Fletcher Magee, won the hearts of basketball fans during March Madness this season. In the opening round match-up versus Seton Hall, Magee broke the NCAA all-time three-point record. He passed Steph Curry, JJ Redick and Travis Bader’s record of 504. Magee holds the new record at 509.
Laying the foundation
He graduated from The First Academy (TFA) in 2015 after attending for 13 years, from kindergarten through 12th grade. During his time at TFA, Fletcher honed his skills on and off the court.
His mother, Arden, describes his experience at The First Academy: “His dad (Jerry) and I feel like The First Academy encircled Fletcher with coaches like Chris Mayberry who taught him about basketball but also about how to be a man. You can’t underestimate the power of a coach who influences your son’s spiritual life. Coach Mayberry’s influence will never be erased. Every single coach we’ve had at The First Academy coaches the whole athlete. They take their influence seriously. They coach character and it makes an everlasting difference.”
Magee’s impressive character, built at home and nurtured at TFA, fit seamlessly with Wofford’s student-athlete profile – highly competitive aspirations with strong character foundation. He is majoring in sociology at Wofford and aspires to play professional basketball, a dream he has held since childhood.
“Fletcher is a classy young man who has continued to improve his basketball game because of his high character, work ethic and love for basketball,” TFA’s Varsity Boys Head Coach, Chris Mayberry, says of his experience with Magee. “Fletcher’s faith in Christ is his steadiness. You will not find a better young man. I am extremely blessed to be part of his journey and am very proud of who he is and how he continues to grow on and off the court.”
Setting an example
As Wofford bowed out of the NCAA Tournament against Kentucky, Magee gained the spotlight again. This time, not for his impressive three-point shots, but rather for his unwavering fortitude in the face of competitive challenge. His competitive character was commended as one that should be emulated for all.
The community of students, faculty, staff and families at TFA has surrounded Magee and his family with support throughout his time at Wofford. He has a lot of people in his corner who can’t wait to see what is up next for him, as a young man of character, a Christ-follower and an athlete.