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Macklin Will Transfer From Georgetown

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Georgetown sophomore forward Vernon Macklin will transfer to another school, the university's athletic department announced yesterday.

"We appreciate the hard work he put in at Georgetown, both on and off the floor," Coach John Thompson III said in a statement. "We wish him the best in the future."

Macklin's departure, along with the graduation of center Roy Hibbert and forward Patrick Ewing Jr., leaves the Hoyas thin on experience in the front court. The 6-foot-9 Macklin was the primary backup to the 7-2 Hibbert for the past two seasons, playing in 65 games and averaging 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 11.4 minutes a game.

DaJuan Summers, a 6-8 forward and classmate of Macklin's, is the only remaining front-court player with extensive game experience; he has been a starter the past two seasons. But Georgetown is bringing in two highly ranked 6-10 high school players: forward Greg Monroe (rated the No. 8 senior by Rivals.com) and center Henry Sims (ranked No. 49 by Rivals.com).

Macklin, who was given the nickname "Big Ticket" as a 14-year-old standout in Portsmouth, Va., was one of Thompson's first high-profile recruits at Georgetown. Macklin stood out because of his athleticism, and drew comparisons to Kevin Garnett while starring for I.C. Norcom High and later Hargrave Military Academy. He earned McDonald's and Parade all-American honors.

But Macklin was essentially a role player during his two seasons with the Hoyas. His best game came at St. John's on Jan. 30, when he played a career-high 26 minutes and scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting. He was effective during the first half of Georgetown's season-ending loss to Davidson in the NCAA tournament, as he filled in for Hibbert, who was saddled with fouls.

Macklin's transfer was first reported by FoxSports.com on Wednesday.

He becomes the sixth player to transfer out of Georgetown since Thompson's first season (2004-05). Ray Reed (Cal State-Fullerton), Cornelio Guibunda (American), Josh Thornton (Towson), Marc Egerson (Delaware) and Tay Spann (Marshall) also left the program. Reed and Guibunda were recruited by Thompson's predecessor, Craig Esherick.

-- Camille Powell


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