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Jeff Green (basketball)

Teel Time: Florida's Macklin latest Boo Williams alum chosen in NBA draft

Add Vernon Macklin to the litany of Boo Williams alumni drafted by the NBA. A 6-foot-10 forward from the University of Florida and Portsmouth’s Norcom High, Macklin was chosen in the second round Thursday, No. 52 overall, by the Detroit Pistons. As a senior last season, Macklin averaged a modest 11.5 points and 5.4 rebounds. But he closed his college career with a personal-best 25 points in an NCAA tournament loss to Butler. More important, Macklin had a successful homecoming, playing well in the NBA-sponsored Portsmouth Invitational, where he averaged 18 points in three games. Macklin augmented that with a quality personal workout in Detroit, where the Pistons also hosted...