LITTLE ROCK - Arguably the state's best shooter hopes to be a Razorback in a couple of years.
Little Rock Parkview shooting guard Daryl Macon (6-3, 170) said Friday night that he would be attending Holmes (Miss.) Community College next season and hopes to attend Arkansas for the 2016-2017 season.
Macon was named a first-team All-Arkansas performer by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this season and joined a group that includes Arkansas signees Anton Beard of North Little Rock and Trey Thompson of Forrest City along with Lehigh signee Kahron Ross of Jonesboro.
"The plan is to be a Razorback," Macon said after taking in some of the Real Deal in the Rock AAU Tournament. "I always wanted to be one, especially under (Arkansas head) Coach Mike (Anderson). I plan to go to juco this year and probably sign early in November (2015) or late in March (2016).
"I have a big connection down there," Macon added. "It is like family to me. After talking to (Arkansas assistant coach) T.J. (Cleveland), he said I was like another son."
Macon said that Arkansas and Mississippi State were the two schools that talked to him the most, but Xavier, Minnesota and Marquette also showed interest.
He averaged 21.2 points per game this season for Parkview while shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range.
Macon had a game-high 26 points in the Mike Conley All-Star Challenge on Thursday night.
Holmes is coached by former Little Rock Parkview and Ole Miss player Jason Flanigan – the son of long-time Patriots head coach Al Flanigan.
"I'm going to leave in July (to go to Holmes) and I plan on working out until I leave," Macon said. "I was going to play AAU, but the juco coaches don't want me to get hurt."
Macon was known as just a stand-still shooter until this season.
"The outside jumper is the most effective part of my game," Macon said. "I learned to shoot off the dribble just this year. I couldn't do it until this year – I couldn't shoot off the dribble. I can attack the rim and attack the basket.
"It took awhile, but it did develop," Macon said. "It took a lot of early mornings and a lot of late nights. I just kept faith in myself and knew that I could do it and it happened."
Macon stayed strong in his belief that he could play Division I basketball.
"I can say that I surprised a lot of people," Macon said. "Nobody ever thought I would get this good, but all I had to do was keep faith in myself and it happened."
Macon Dreams Of Being Razorback
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