Georgetown's Macklin transfers to UF


Published: Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 4:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 4:22 p.m.

Billy Donovan has a history of molding big men into big-time players, and now he has a new project.

Former Georgetown forward/center Vernon Macklin has decided to transfer to Florida, according to his high school coach.

“I don’t know when he’s enrolling in classes,” said Hargrave Military Academy coach Kevin Keatts, “but I’ve spoken to him and I know that he’s decided to transfer to Florida.”

Because he has yet to enroll in classes, UF can’t comment on the prospect of adding the 6-foot-9, 227-pound Macklin. He reportedly informed the coaching staff that he was transferring during a Friday visit to Gainesville.

“He’s going to bring a lot of energy to the Gators,” Keatts said. “He’s a new-breed of player, a run-and-jump guy that can score on the perimeter and by running the floor. He’s a great rebounder and has great toughness.”

At Hargrave, Macklin was a McDonald’s and Parade All-American and was listed by Scout.com as the No. 3 power forward in the 2006 recruiting class. He was a teammate of UF center Marreese Speights at Hargrave, something Keatts thinks played a role in recruiting him to Florida.

“He and Marreese played together and they kept in touch afterwards,” Keatts said. “Once he decided he wanted to transfer, he remembered the conversations they had before and thought that Florida would be the right place for him.”

As a sophomore at Georgetown, the highly-athletic Macklin averaged 3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds while backing up Roy Hibbert. With the consensus No. 1 freshman in the country, Greg Monroe, committed to Georgetown, Macklin decided he wanted out.

Macklin would have to sit out next season under NCAA Division I transfer rules. He would have two seasons of eligibility left beginning in 2009-10.

“He needed a change of scenery,” Keatts said. “He needs to recharge his battery and get back into doing the things that make him great. He wants to get in as soon as possible and get into the gym and start working on his game. I think taking the year off will be good for him because he’s going to improve that much more.”

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