Former Florida standout, Vernon Macklin says draft night was like "sitting on pins and needles," but once his name was called as the 52nd pick in the 2011 NBA Draft the weight on his shoulders was quickly lifted. Fightin' Gators' Milani Beaudrault caught up with the Gators' former center to find out what he is doing in preparation for his rookie season in the NBA.
July 13, 2011
Portsmouth Sports Club opened an 18-point halftime lead as they cruised to a 96-76 win over Mike Duman Auto Sales in third quarterfinal contest of the Portsmouth Invitational. They will advance to Friday's semifinal for a 9 o'clock game.
April 7, 2011
Vernon Macklin was distraught following the Florida Gators' loss in the Elite Eight to Butler. Macklin scored a career high 25 points on the night, but foul trouble kept him off the floor and unable to help his teammates more. He talked for a few minutes in the locker room following the big loss on Saturday evening.
March 26, 2011
It isn't how you start a game, it's how you finish. The Florida Gators showed up Tuesday in the O'Connell Center ready to play for an SEC Title. An excited team got off to a bad start, and when they settled down, the Gators played their way to only their fifth SEC Championship in 92 years. For seniors Vernon Macklin, Chandler Parsons, Alex Tyus, and even Adam Allen, it was one great night.
March 2, 2011
Vernon Macklin can't remember the last day he didn't speak with trainer Dave Werner about an injury. The timetable isn't clear since he has spends what feels like a majority of every day in the training room getting treatment on multiple injuries. No player wants to develop a close relationship with the trainer, but Macklin hasn't had a choice this season.
January 10, 2011
The Florida game plan Thursday night wasn't very complicated. The Gators wanted to pound to ball inside to Vernon Macklin and Alex Tyus. The guards were instructed to throw the ball around the perimeter until they found either play posting up under the basket.
December 9, 2010