Daryl Macon

Macon Set To Take Best Shot For Arkansas

Arkansas shooting guard pledge Daryl Macon (6-4, 180), a first-team junior college All-American last season, will take his his best shot at landing a couple of other prospects when he takes his official to see the Razorbacks on Halloween weekend.

Arkansas shooting guard pledge Daryl Macon (6-4, 180) of Holmes, Miss. Community College, has moved his official visit to Fayetteville back a week, but it is for a very good reason.

The former Little Rock Parkview standout - who was a first-team Junior College All-American last season as a freshman - wants to take his best shot at a couple of uncommitted recruits who will be visiting that same weekend.

Maco, who hit 8 3-pointers in one game last season, will join Bentonville guard Malik Monk (6-4, 190) and South Kent, CT, Prep big man Andrew Gordon (6-10, 220) as official visitors to Arkansas that weekend.

“We also have a scrimmage game on the Friday night I was going to come in and I could have made it, but I kind of changed it when I found out that Malik was going to come in on the following week,” Macon said.

“I want to talk to him personally. We are close friends and I think he can tell me a little bit more when it is just me and him and not the coaches.”

Monk is ranked as the seventh-best player nationally by Scout.com and has already visited Oregon, Kansas and Kentucky.

“All I can say about Malik is its a toss up,” Macon said. “Sometimes he will talk about it and sometimes he won’t.

“if it happens, it will be great. It would be awesome But either way, no matter his decision, we still have so much to look forward to and what we plan on doing for the Razorbacks.

“We will accomplish if he comes or if he doesn’t. I would just rather it be with him.”

Macon - who averaged 23 points last season - joins Motlow, Tenn., State point guard Jaylen Barford (6-4, 205) and Campti, La., Lakeview forward Adrio Bailey (6-8, 205) as Razorback commits in the 2016 class.

Barford and Macon - last season’s NJCAA Region XXIII Player of the Year - are considered the top two junior college players in the country.

“I have not played against Jaylen in junior college, but I played against him in AAU season although he probably doesn’t remember, but I do,” Macon said. 

“We started to become friends a couple of weeks before he committed. We were communicating and talking about how we can get everything back on track with the Razorbacks.”

Macon will head up a team that finished 25-7 last season, but lost two key players to graduation in Jarvis Williams (Newman University) and Torlorf Thomas (Alabama State).

Holmes - coached by former Little Rock Parkview standouts Jason Flanigan and Jason Holmes - won the state title and advanced to the National Junior College Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan..

The Bulldogs went 2-1 with Macon averaging 25 points per game and being named to the All-Tournament squad.

“As a team, I wouldn’t say we have the same goals, but I think we can make it make it back and most likely we will be headed back to Kansas for the national tournament,” Macon said. “This year we are going to try and win the state and national tournament.”

Macon’s role has changed from his freshman to sophomore seasons.

“This year I have got to be more of a leader,” Macon said. “There are a lot more things that I have to take on personally because we don’t have the same players that we did last year so I need to do a lot more than what I did.”

Macon shot 46.5 percent from the field, 36.9 percent from 3-point range and 88.5 percent from the free throw line (230-of-260) - which was second nationally - last season.

“I have gotten a lot stronger and faster,” Macon said. “My improved athletic ability is even surprising myself. I think my defense is getting a lot better and I think my range is even getting a lot deeper.”

Holmes opened its season on Nov. 2 with a game at Copiah-Lincoln CC.

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