Welsh, Macklin Headed to Hargrave

Boo Williams teammates Vernon Macklin and Stefan Welsh are making a move after the summer. The Virginia natives will remain in the state, but will spend next season at prep power Hargrave Military Academy.

Two of Virginia's top players are going to spend next season at Hargrave Military Academy (Va.).

Vernon Macklin, one of the top big men in the country and his Boo Williams teammate, 6-2 ½ guard Stefan Welsh, told Scout.com they will play for Kevin Keatts next season in Chatham, Va.

``We're excited about having those guys," Keatts said.

The 6-foot-9, 200-pound Macklin will leave Norcom High (Va.) and, according to sources, will look to try and make the jump directly to the NBA (if an age limit is not imposed) after a season at Hargrave.

Welsh averaged 18.8 points and 6 assists per game at Woodside High last season and is known more as an undersized shooting guard, but he got the opportunity to run the point a few weeks ago at the Next Level Ballers Tournament in Dallas – and did a nice job getting his teammates, including Macklin, involved.

``Most people look at Stefan as a combo guard, but he's a pretty good point guard, also," Keatts said. "The thing I like about him most is that he's hard-nosed and is a winner. He knows how to play the game and always plays hard."

For Welsh, making the move is a no-brainer.

``My high school coach agreed that it's a good move," Welsh said. "I will play against better competition and I can develop better as a player and a person." Welsh recently took an official visit to Xavier along with Duke Crews.

Macklin will likely look at North Carolina, Wake Forest, Georgetown and Maryland if he doesn't try and make the jump straight to the NBA.

Welsh has already taken an official visit to Xavier and is also getting interest from Virginia Tech, Illinois, Boston College, Arkansas and Miami.


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