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Prospect Profile

Vernon Macklin

  • Full Name: Vernon Macklin
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-10 / 240
  • Birthdate: September 26, 1986
  • College: Florida
Detroit Pistons Round 2: Pick 52

Strengths:

*  Has become proficient with right-handed jump hook
*  Willing and capable defender
*  Good passer from his position

Weaknesses:

*  Needs to incorporate left hand more
*  Needs to become a more consistent rebounder
*  Free throw shooting needs a ton of work (.451 in 2010-11) 
 

NBA projection:
If he continues to work hard and develop his left hand, Macklin could become a solid frontcourt reserve capable of contributing on both ends of the floor.

2010-11 Season:
Macklin developed some consistency as he helped lead Florida to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight. Establishing his low-post scoring game and asserting himself as a shot-blocker on the other end of the floor, Macklin gave Florida a low-post presence that few teams in the Southeastern Conference could match.

Key statistics:
16.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.0 tpg, 1.5 spg, 31.0 mpg, .463 FG, .379 3PT, .747 FT

Cool statistic:
Macklin shot .774 from the field in four NCAA Tournament games. That total included an 11-of-14 effort against Butler in which he scored 25 points.

Reminds me of:
Plays a lot like former Gator Al Horford when he decides to assert himself on the backboards.

What Insiders Say:
Florida coach Billy Donovan
"He's a pretty smart kid who understands what's going on out there when you make changes and adjustments. He's got to become a better rebounder, a guy who's getting between nine and 12 rebounds a game. He can be a better rebounder out of his area and come up with more loose balls, too. I'd also like to see him develop more of a left hand around the basket. He does all those things, he can be a load."

What Outsiders Say:
NBA director of scouting Ryan Blake
"He really stepped up with his shot blocking and physical presence and rebounding [at the Portsmouth Invitational]."

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

 

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