Vernon Macklin – Power Forward/Center from the University of Florida Gators.
Going with the same theme of the Singler post – my 2 word descriptor for Macklin is “hard worker”. If I had to describe his style of play I’d say he’s a “bigger Jason Maxiell, without the shot blocking”. His body reminds me of former Minnesota Timberwolf and Chicago Bulls PF/C, also from Florida, Chris Richard.
Macklin, is a 24 year old 5th year Senior from UF. He had a hard time finding playing time with the Georgetown Hoyas behind Roy Hibbert and then with top big man prospect (and current Piston forward) Greg Monroe signing with the Hoyas, Macklin transferred to Florida and had to sit out a year as part of the rules about transferring in the NCAA.
Macklin is 6’9 245 pounds. He’s very solid, he has a 7’3 wingspan, and a 9’1 standing reach. For a player of his size, he has struggled on the defensive glass. His go to move in the post is a righty (or lefty) jump hook, and really that’s about it for him on the offensive end.
Much like Singler, Macklin is a “lunch pail” guy. I remember watching Macklin play at Georgetown with Hibbert and current Piston DaJuan Summers. I can’t see him sticking with the team out of training camp, but he’s definitely a candidate for the D League and I think he could almost find instant success there. He’s older than any other drafted rookie because he had sit out a year because he transferred. He’s definitely rated as one of the more mature guys in the draft who will give Charlie Villanueva and Greg Monroe a big body to match up against in training camp, should he make it that far.
Macklin has the raw tools to improve, it’s just that his ceiling might already be reached. If he can come in and make an impact, I can see him being another steal at #52 in the draft. Do I expect it? No.