The Auburn signee said the experience was a good way to wrap up what has been a memorable season in his first year as a player at South Atlanta High School. "I had a lot of fun, I think I played well and we won the game," he says.
"Winning a state championship was special," he said. "That was our goal from the start and we came together as a team and were able to do it."
Another Auburn signee played in an all-star game over the weekend. Earnest Ross, a 6-5 swingman from Panther Creek High in Cary, N.C., was the leading scorer in the North Carolina vs. South Carolina All-Star game played at Myrtle Beach, S.C. He scored 16 points and also led his team in rebounds with 10.
Earnest Ross signed with Auburn in November.
Ross averaged 21 points per game as a senior and was named Tri-Eight Conference Player of the Year.
Malone averaged 20 points, four assists and three rebounds per game as a senior playing on a powerful team with Georgia Tech commitment Derrick Favors, who is considered one of the top forward prospects in the country.
The Hornets dominated in the AAA state title game with an 81-62 victory over Westover High from Albany.
Next on the agenda for Malone is college hoops. He plans to arrive at Auburn this summer to play for Coach Jeff Lebo's team. "I am looking forward to getting to Auburn," he says. "I have been watching them play this year and they are really playing good basketball."