Add Vernon Macklin to the litany of
A 6-foot-10 forward from the University of Florida and Portsmouth’s Norcom High, Macklin was chosen in the second round Thursday, No. 52 overall, by the
As a senior last season, Macklin averaged a modest 11.5 points and 5.4 rebounds. But he closed his college career with a personal-best 25 points in an
More important, Macklin had a successful homecoming, playing well in the NBA-sponsored Portsmouth Invitational, where he averaged 18 points in three games. Macklin augmented that with a quality personal workout in Detroit, where the Pistons also hosted eventual lottery picks
"We liked what we saw," Pistons VP for basketball operations Scott Perry told MLive.com. "He definitely held his own, played well and made an impression on us. He definitely played like he belonged. …
"He's got long arms, he can block some shots and he does a decent job defending the low post. I think what he really started to do, especially in their tournament run, was show an ability to score in the low post. He's got good hands down there."
Macklin signed with
As a late second-round choice, Macklin certainly isn't a lock to make the Pistons. But his size, defensive timing and athleticism give him NBA potential.
Macklin spent several summers touring with Boo Williams’ Hampton-based travel squad. Other Williams alums chosen in the
Some other draft nuggets and hunches:
* Macklin wasn’t the only Virginian drafted Thursday. University of
A 6-10 Richmond native and graduate of Meadowbrook High, Harper has the offensive skills (44.8-percent 3-point shooter) to thrive in the show. He averaged team-highs of 17.9 points and 6.8 rebounds last season while leading the Spiders to the Sweet 16.
* Led by No. 1 overall pick
Singleton will make the All-Defensive team sooner rather than later, and his offense is underrated. Might the perennially pedestrian
* For local basketball mavens, the most notable players bypassed were Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney and VCU forward Jamie Skeen. Given Delaney's suspect defense, I was more surprised by Skeen, who scored game-highs of 26 and 27 points, respectively, in VCU's regional final upset of Kansas and Final Four loss to Butler.