University of Arkansas
Macon Expects To Be Dancing Next Season
Arkansas basketball signee Daryl Macon of Holmes, Miss., Community College will be watching the NCAA Tournament again this weekend, but he plans to be playing in it next season.
Macon (6-4, 180), the former Little Rock Parkview standout an a Junior College All-American, is one of at least six new faces that will dot the Razorback roster next season that should add an influx of talent on both the offensive and defensive ends.
“Watching other people play in March and being home is not fun at all,” Macon said Wednesday. “With the guys we have coming back and the guys we have coming in I have no doubt we will be playing in tournament and not just playing that first weekend.”
He is excited about the recent announcement that Arkansas will be playing several exhibition games Spain in early August and sees it as a chance for the newcomers to bond early with the returnees.
“Those 10 practices that we will have before going to Spain will only help us bond and get familiar with each other’s games,” Macon said.
“I have never been out of the country so I am excited about that part, too. We are supposed to go to Barcelona and some other places so I think it is going to be both fun and will help us get a running start into the season.”
He has become great friends with fellow Razorback junior college signees Jaylon Barford (6-5, 210) and Arlando Cook (6-9, 215) with all three scheduled to be on campus in late May or early June.
Those are three of the nation’s top five junior college players and Barford - a point guard who averaged a nation-leading 26.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists - who is in the running to be named the National Player of the Year.
“We talk seven days a week and have become really close and we all can’t wait to get there and get going as Razorbacks,” Macon said.
Macon is coming off a sophomore season in which he averaged 23.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for the Bulldogs 18-7, who came up two wins shy of making a repeat trip to the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.
He shot 50 percent from the field, 37.6 from 3-point range and 82.9 percent from the free throw line while being named the Region XXIII Player of the Year and is expected to be named a All-American next week for the second straight season.
Macon finished the season by scoring 43, 38 and 38 points in his final three games.
“As a team we put in a lot of hard work, but came up a couple of games shy of achieving our goal of getting back to the national tournament,” Macon said.
“Individually, even though I missed almost two months with a stress fracture, I felt real good about how the season went for me. I think I got better as a player all-around.”
“I love the fact that I am going to finally get to put on a Razorback jersey, and I am going to give it everything I have.”
Daryl Macon and his grandfather Robert Lee Harrison
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