Magid's legend as shooter grows

Terp put on a show at Duke

The State (Columbia, S.C.)March 10, 2010 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Second in a series on what happened after college to players from the eight original ACC basketball schools.

Any talk of great shooters in ACC history should always include Brian Magid, a little-used guard who wowed fans around the league with his dead-eye accuracy from long range - usually in pregame warm-ups.

Magid averaged only 3.7 points in the 46 games he played for Maryland under coach Lefty Driesell from 1975 to 1977. Yet Magid had a lasting impact on the league, mostly with students of opposing teams who learned to arrive at the gym early when the 6-foot-2 sharpshooter from Silver Spring, Md., was in town.

Approximately 500 Duke students were waiting at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Feb. 5, 1977, when Magid dribbled a basketball out of the visitor's locker room some two hours before tipoff.

"So, I'm shooting around," Magid recalled this past week by telephone. "At first, they were heckling. Then I guess they sort of got the idea to come down and put a couple dollar bills on the court."

Magid timidly approached the first bill placed some 20 feet from the basket, then fired a shot from the spot and it swished through the basket. He went to the next bill, some 25 feet away and canned that shot as well.

"It's like anything else, the more time goes by with the story, the farther out the dollar bills get," said Magid, who admits to hearing over the years he hit a half-court shot that day.

Magid picked up the bills and tucked them into the waistband of his shorts.

When he returned to Maryland, he handed the bills to his father, who framed them.

The framed bills remain in a box somewhere in Magid's Bethesda, Md., home today.

Magid transferred to George Washington. His 93 percent free-throw accuracy as a senior led the nation.

Today, Magid works in the contracts department at the National Naval Medical Center in Maryland and serves as an assistant coach at Paint Branch High School in Maryland.

Occasionally, Magid hears from someone about his shooting exhibitions before ACC games. But he is not buying any talk of being one of the ACC's all-time best shooters.

"I don't know how you can say that with someone who got as little playing time as I did," Magid says. "When you say that, you put me in the same league with a guy like [Duke's] J.J. Redick, who scored over 2,000 points. It's just ludicrous to think so. It's flattering, but it's amusing at the same time."

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