Wednesday, January 25, 2006


1/25 - Macklin Dominant at SlamFest Tournament
Thomas, Macklin show no sophomore jitters
Dave Telep

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Hulk Hogan and Rick Flair couldn't make it, so Lance Thomas and Vernon Macklin picked up the slack at SlamFest in Richmond, Va.

The two-day event featured some of the most prominent players throughout the Mid-Atlantic corridor, yielded a number of top-notch performances and gave observers a chance to see the nation's top two sophomores.

SlamFest, the 4th edition, was the stage as two seniors hoped to solidify their McDonald's All-American status. Each stated his case emphatically.

Vernon Macklin, Hargrave's 6-foot-9 power forward, hit up American Christian for 28 points and 15 boards in a throttling of the kids from Philadelphia. Macklin has long been regarded as an elite athlete and his explosiveness around the basket has never been questioned.

Athletically, Macklin's got some freakish habits when it comes to finishing. On the day when his Georgetown Hoyas took down Duke, Macklin dunked everything thrown to him at the rim. The lone blemish on an otherwise outstanding day came from the free throw line, where he's never settled in on a stroke and is not as proficient as he needs to be.

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