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He's a typical Bob Huggins-style forward, so it didn't take long for the Mountaineer coaching staff to offer Elijah Macon a scholarship after seeing him in person.

Huggins' best teams have featured rangy forward who run the floor well and attack the rim, and those attributes were evident as he participated in a West Virginia basketball camp over the weekend. Macon, who will just be a sophomore this year at Marion-Franklin High School in Columbus, Oh., was a standout as WVU coaches looked on.

"After drills, they pulled me to the side and talked to me told me how much they liked my game and the way I run the floor," Macon said. "They offered me a scholarship, but I told Coach Harrison that I wanted to go home first and then I would call him. I went home and talked to my mom and my uncle about it, and they were both happy with it. My mom likes it because it's just three hours away, and my uncle really liked it because West Virginia is a good program."

West Virginia's camp wasn't the first place that Macon has drawn notice. He led his 15 and under AAU team, All Ohio Red, in several events this summer, then moved up to the 17 and under team to replace Adreian Payne, another WVU recruiting target, at the Spiece Bill Hensley Memorial Run N Slam. Macon helped his squad to the title in that event, even with the step up in competition.

"It was a lot better competition, and a lot tougher," Macon confirmed. "We are still playing in some tournaments, and I am supposed to go to Florida to play in the nationals with the 17 and under team too."

The fact that Macon has held his own against elite players much older than he says a lot about his developing skills. He sees himself as a three in college, where he can take advantage of his height to shoot over defenders or take the ball to the basket.

"I'm good at facing up and going at the basket," Macon said. "I run the floor well, and I just play hard. Right now I'm 6-8 and 210 pounds, and I think I will be a three. I can put the ball on the floor and go at the basket."

It's still a long way until 2012, when Macon will graduate from high school and head to college, but he said that he is firm in his commitment. He noted that he talked to both Harrison and Huggins about it, and even though he hasn't looked ahead at WVU's potential roster, that he is solid in his decision.


Although Macon and Payne are on the same AAU team, they have not talked about West Virginia or the recruiting process. Payne is one of West Virginia's top targets in the upcoming class.

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