Macklin Has Options After High School

Vernon Macklin is busy preparing himself for the season, but he managed to catch up with Evan Daniels of to discuss his recruitment and the NBA.

Although just a junior in high school, Vernon Macklin of I.C. Norcom HS, is being recruited by all of the top schools in the country as well as the NBA. The 6-foot-9 explosive power forward had a great summer on the AAU circuit and is beginning to establish himself as one of the best players in the country.

If there was any question about Macklin before the summer, it was answered by the end of the summer. Macklin aka "Big Ticket" says that he played more at ease as the summer wore on.

"I think my game was better closer to the end of the summer," Macklin stated. "I just opened up and started playing better and more comfortable at the end."

Macklin is among a class of exceptional big men, where's rankings have 12 of the first 13 rated players standing 6'8 or taller. Macklin, who is ranked fourth in the class of 2006, says that his ranking is a testament to his work ethic.

"I guess my game has gotten better, and I've worked a little harder," Macklin said commenting on his ranking.

Macklin averaged 21 points a game during his sophomore year, and while improving those numbers are important to him personally, he has one main goal for the up and coming high school season.

"Trying to win the state title," Macklin responded when asked about his goals for the season.

Even though he had such a productive summer in order to assist his team in getting a state title he must continue to improve and work hard.

"I've been shooting around in the gym every other day, hitting the weight room, and coach wants me to work on my ball handling skills." Macklin said.

For most kids after high school comes college, but that could be different for Macklin.

"Yes, if I play hard this summer," Macklin replied when asked if going to the NBA out of high school was a possibility. "I need to put on a little more weight, work on my ball handling and taking good shots."

While the NBA is in the picture, going to college is not being rule out by any means. Macklin listed North Carolina, Wake Forest, Maryland, Georgetown, and Georgia Tech as the schools that he is considering.

"Most of the schools I like because they run the floor well," he said. That's the way I play, running the floor, and in transition."

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