Future Razorback basketball player Daryl Macon racked up the awards at this week’s Holmes, Miss., Community College banquet and is now ready to do damage at the next level.
Macon (6-4, 180), the former Little Rock Parkview star, was honored as a two-time All-American, two-time All Conference and Player of the Year and the school’s all-time leading scorer.
“It was fun,” Macon said. “I’ve become a much better player since I got to junior college and I will always have great memories of this place and my teammates.
“I graduate next Friday and then I’ll be ready to get to Arkansas. I’m very excited about getting to Fayetteville at the end of this month with all the other recruits.
“We’ve got a lot of talent coming, there’s some great players already there and we are about to get Arkansas back to where it is suppose to be.”
Macon averaged 23.9 points - sixth nationally - 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists this season while shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor, 40 percent from 3-point range and 82.9 percent from the free throw line.
He and fellow Junior College All-American and Arkansas signee Jaylen Barford (6-5, 210) - who led the nation in scoring at 26.1 points per game - are two of six signees and seven new faces the Razorbacks will have this season.
“We are coming in to get it done both on offense and defense,” Macon said. “We can score, but it’s about both ends of the floor.”
Macon went on Twitter earlier this week to celebrate the announcement of a doubleheader at Houston’s Toyota Center Dec. 17 in which Arkansas will play Texas along with Texas A&M taking on Arizona.
One might have thought it was because of the old rivalry between the Razorbacks and Longhorns, but that wasn’t it.
“To be honest, I really don’t know much about the rivalry, I’m a little young for that,” Macon said. “What I’m excited about is playing a great team in a great venue. That gives us a chance to announce who we are going to be right away early in the season.”
He’s also looking forward to the 10 days of practice Arkansas will get in late July and early August in advance of a trip to Spain where it will play four game Aug. 6-16.
“That’s a great way to get started,” Macon said. “I’ve never really been to a place like Spain and will probably never get to go again so I can’t wait.
“It will also give us a chance to bond and get better right away.”