* Has become proficient with right-handed jump hook
* Willing and capable defender
* Good passer from his position
* 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)
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.
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.
16.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.0 tpg, 1.5 spg, 31.0 mpg, .463 FG, .379 3PT, .747 FT
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.