Saturday, December 17, 2005


Hoyas emerge as front-runners in Jefferson sweepstakes

Gregg Doyel
By Gregg Doyel
CBS Senior Writer
Tell Gregg

Georgetown's monster recruiting class for 2006 could get a little scarier.

Correction -- a lot scarier.

The Hoyas have emerged as a leading candidate for Davon Jefferson, one of the top 10 recruits in the country and one of the only prep players eligible to enter the 2006 NBA Draft.

Jefferson, a 6-foot-8 wing at the Patterson School in Lenoir, N.C., is eligible for the draft -- despite the NBA's new restrictions -- because he meets both of the league's criteria for prep school players: He's 19, and the 2006 draft would be one year removed from his original high school graduation date. Jefferson signed with UNLV last year but didn't qualify academically.

Jefferson's club coach told CBS on Wednesday that Jefferson is serious about spending at least one year in college. And that the Jefferson sweepstakes isn't the two-school affair -- between Kansas and Oklahoma State -- being speculated in recruiting circles.

"Put two-and-two together," H-Squad coach Rick Isaacs said. "You know what kind of mentor (Georgetown coach) John Thompson would be. They'd be fantastic."

Isaacs said Kansas and Oklahoma State were still involved, and that Southern California might be a factor.

Georgetown's late addition to the Jefferson competition is especially intriguing, considering the Hoyas already have locked up two of the best players from the Class of 2006 -- likely McDonald's All-Americans Vernon Macklin and DaJuan Summers. The Hoyas' recruiting class also includes the sons of two NBA legends, high school senior Jeremiah Rivers (Doc's son) and Indiana transfer Patrick Ewing Jr. If sophomore Jeff Green joins seniors Brandon Bowman and Darrel Owens in the 2006 NBA Draft, the Hoyas would need all the forwards they could get.

Georgetown's shot at Jefferson will rise as his NBA stock falls -- and it has been plummeting of late. One NBA scout told CBS that Jefferson hasn't been consistent at Patterson, showing the athletic ability of Gerald Green but nowhere near the jump shot. Another scout said Jefferson hurt himself by not making Patterson's recent trip to the New Jersey area, where almost a dozen scouts were waiting to watch him play.

Contrary to rumors, Isaacs said, Jefferson has not left Patterson.

"He missed that trip for academic reasons. He's here in California now, and I've got a plane ticket for him to go back on Jan. 2," Isaacs said. "Davon stepped off the plane last night, and the first person he wanted to talk to was John Thompson. What does that tell you?"

It tells you Georgetown could lose Bowman, Owens and Green to the 2006 NBA Draft ... and still be an NCAA Tournament team in 2007.

Thursday, December 15, 2005


Hargrave’s Macklin gets 20 in winning return to Norcom

The Virginian-Pilot(Norfolk, VA.)
December 15, 2005
by Paul White

PORTSMOUTH — It was Vernon Macklin’s night, but with a wide-open dunk in front of him, Hargrave Military Academy’s Aswon Sayles briefly forgot the memo.

So instead of flipping the ball back to a trailing Macklin on a breakaway, Sayles flushed it himself — then nearly got booed out of Junius Kellogg Gymnasium.

‘‘Gimme my money back!’’ one fan shouted. ‘‘We came to see Ticket!’’

No refunds were necessary, though. The ‘‘Big Ticket’’ delivered more than his share of ferocious dunks in a triumphant return to Portsmouth, as Hargrave Military Academy raced past Norcom 86-65 before an appreciative capacity crowd.

‘‘Everybody’s showing me a lot of love,’’ said Macklin, the 6-foot-9 senior who transferred to Hargrave for a more rigorous athletic and academic curriculum after three years of starring for the Greyhounds. ‘‘I had a lot of fun. I’d like to do it again.’’

Although boarding school can be a culture shock for many, friends predicted that the easy-going Macklin would have little trouble making the transition. And indeed, on Wednesday night the military Macklin seemed a lot like the same ol’ Vernon — the same seemingly indifferent gaze, the same loping gait, the same stunning explosiveness to the rim.

There were no banners or signs celebrating Macklin’s return, and his pre-game introduction was met with mere polite applause.

Then, about 45 seconds into the game, ex-Woodside High star Stefan Welsh flipped the ball off the glass to a streaking Macklin, who extended his right arm and crammed the ball through the rim.

The place went nuts.

Norcom’s Ben Finney did everything he could to keep the youthful-but-pesky Greyhounds in it, as he finished with 28 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists. With Finney leading the way, the Greyhounds trailed just 18-16 after one quarter.

But with the Georgetown-bound Macklin fronting a roster of eight other Division I signees, superior talent eventually won out.

Tyler Smith, a smooth 6-7 wing, led Hargrave with 23 points. Macklin, who is averaging 19 this season, delivered 20 against his former team. The last two may have been his most spectacular — a fourth-quarter rebound, coast-to-coast dribble and slam that brought the fans out of their seats.

‘‘Way to put on a show, dog!’’ one fan shouted as Macklin departed the court with 2:01 left.

The line pretty much summed up the evening. For while Macklin may no longer be a Greyhound, he’s still seems to be the Norcom fans’ ‘‘dog.’’

Sunday, December 11, 2005


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