Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Macon taking steps to be a Hog
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/RICK MCFARLAND --01/28/14-- Parkview's Daryl Macon (4) shoots over Hall's Robert Verges at Hall HS gym in Little Rock Tuesday night.
One of the state’s best pure shooters, Little Rock Parkview shooting guard Daryl Macon plans to attend junior college and return back to the state and play for Arkansas.
Macon 6-3, 170 averaged 21.2 points a game and shot more than 40 precent from beyond the three-point line this season and was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All Arkansas team. He said he’ll attend Holmes Community College in Mississippi in the fall with intentions to sign with the Hogs for the 2016-2017 season.
.“The plan is to be a Razorback,” Macon said. “I always wanted to be one, especially under Coach Mike (Anderson). I have a big connection with them. It is like family to me. After talking to (assistant coach) T.J. (Cleveland), he said I was like another son.”
Macon hit several three-pointers from NBA range while scoring 26 points for the Arkansas All Stars squad that lost 81-78 to the Tennessee All Stars in the the Mike Conley Jr. All-Star game Thursday night.
“The outside jumper is the most effective part of my game,” Macon said. “I learned to shoot off the dribble just this year. I couldn't do it until this year, I couldn't shoot off the dribble. I can attack the rim and attack the basket.”
Arkansas and Mississippi State were the two schools showing him the most interest. Xavier, Minnesota and Marquette also showed interest.
Macon will play for former Little Rock Parkview and Ole Miss guard Jason Flanigan, who’s the son of Patriots head coach Al Flanigan.
“I'm going to leave in July and I plan on working out until I leave,” Macon said. “I was going to play AAU, but the juco coaches don't want me to get hurt.”
In order to get colleges to notice him, Macon put in countless hours of work on his game.
“It took awhile, but it did develop,” Macon said. ”It took a lot of early mornings and a lot of late nights. I just kept faith in myself and knew that I could do it and it happened. I can say that I surprised a lot of people. Nobody ever thought I would get this good, but all I had to do was keep faith in myself and it happened.”