Arkansas’ past, present and basketball future all got together Saturday in Fayetteville.
Former Razorback and current NBA Chicago Bull Bobby Portis, the current members of the Arkansas team and recruits Daryl Macon and Malik Monk were all on the Arkansas campus for Homecoming this weekend.
“Yes, sir,” noted Macon, who is committed to the Razorbacks. “Malik and I were with him on Saturday. It was shocking that he flew in for not just Homecoming, but to spend time with us for our official visit.
"Me and Bobby have been friends since we were little. That's like my older brother."
That added to an already great official visit for Macon, a 6-4, 180-pound shooting guard who shined at Little Rock Parkview and was named a junior college All-American last season at Holmes, Miss., Community College.
“The Homecoming weekend really showed me a lot,” Macon said. “It showed me how the players are outside of basketball. They are a brotherhood and really care for each other, how they protect each other and how they just have fun.
“That is something I want to be a part of and am looking forward to doing.”
Obviously Arkansas fans would also love for Monk, Bentonville’s 6-4, 190-pound guard who is ranked as the seventh-best player nationally by Scout.com, to pledge to Arkansas.
“He loves it, really loves it,” Macon said. “I can’t really go into that, but just keep your eyes open.”
Both of those prospects had a chance to see the Arkansas’ new Basketball Performance Center.
“There is 24-hour access and with that being the case, it allows you to develop and improve your game,” Macon said. “It can really help you take your game to another level.
“The practice facility was the best one that I have seen out of all the practice facilities that I have seen. It’s amazing.”
Macon will sign his national letter-of-intent on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. at the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.
“I can’t wait,” Macon said. “It’s always been my dream to be a Razorback.”
He wasn’t able to stick around for Sunday night’s Red-White game, but did get to see the current Razorbacks practice twice.
“I got to see them practice and from that I saw that they are going to shock some people,” Macon said. “A lot of people don’t think they are going to be very good because they lost Qualls and Bobby and the situation with Anton and losing some other players.
“But I think they are better than what everybody is thinking they are going to be.”
Macon averaged 23 points per game last season as a freshman for Holmes while leading the Bulldogs to a 25-7 record and the national junior college tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.
Obviously he would love to get back to the national tournament and take a couple steps forward from the Elite Eight Finish from a season ago.
Macon had 27 points as his team dropped Copiah Lincoln 82-74 Monday night to open the 2015-2016 season.
“We just have to play as a team and have each other’s back and just keep working hard and good things will come out,” Macon said.
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