Vernon Leon Macklin (born September 25, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Changwon LG Sakers of the Korean Basketball League (KBL). He played college basketball for the University of Florida before being drafted was by the Detroit Pistons in the second round of the 2011 NBA draft.

Vernon Macklin
Vernon Macklin (cropped).jpg
No. 22 – Changwon LG Sakers
PositionCenter / Power forward
Personal information
Born (1986-09-25) September 25, 1986 (age 33)
Portsmouth, Virginia
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High schoolI. C. Norcom (Portsmouth, Virginia)
Hargrave Military Academy
(Chatham, Virginia)
NBA draft2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52nd overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career2011–present
Career history
2011–2012Detroit Pistons
2012Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2012Royal Halı Gaziantep
2012–2013Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2013Barangay Ginebra Kings
2013Liaoning Flying Leopards
2014–2017Al Jaysh
2017–2018Goyang Orion Orions
2018Magnolia Hotshots
2018–2019Kawasaki Brave Thunders
2019–presentChangwon LG Sakers
Career highlights and awards

Early yearsEdit

Macklin was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. He attended I. C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, where he played for the Norcom Greyhounds high school basketball team for three years. Macklin finished his prep career at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia, while helping the Hargrave Tigers to a 28–2 season and averaging twenty points and fifteen rebounds per game. Following his senior season, he was named a McDonald's All-American.[1] At six feet, ten inches tall, and 210 pounds, Macklin was a five-star recruit at the power forward position.[1] ranked him as the twelfth best overall player and the third best forward in the high school class of 2006. In addition, Macklin was one of only ten players selected for the 2006 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team, which participated in the Nike Hoop Summit.[2]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Vernon Macklin
Portsmouth, Virginia Hargrave Military Academy (VA) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Aug 24, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "2006 Team Ranking".

College careerEdit

Macklin first attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and began his college career as a member of the Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team. During his two seasons with the Hoyas, he played behind future NBA players Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert. After his sophomore season, he transferred to the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida,[3] where he played for coach Billy Donovan's Florida Gators men's basketball team. After sitting out the 2008–09 season as required by NCAA transfer rules, he played for the Gators during the 2009–10 and 2010–11 seasons, and started 71 consecutive games. During his senior season, Macklin led the Gators in field goal completion percentage and blocks, and averaged 11.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game; the Gators won the Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular season championship and advanced to NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.

Macklin graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 2011.

College statisticsEdit

2006–07 Georgetown 31 0 9.8 .741 .000 .435 1.5 .5 .0 .1 2.9
2007–08 Georgetown 34 0 12.8 .598 .000 .250 2.1 .6 .2 .7 3.4
2009–10 Florida 34 34 25.3 .607 .000 .588 5.5 .8 .6 .9 10.6
2010–11 Florida 37 37 24.5 .593 .000 .451 5.4 .8 .4 .7 11.6

Professional careerEdit

2011–12 seasonEdit

Macklin was selected with the 52nd overall pick in 2011 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons. On March 11, 2012, he was assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League.[4] On April 9, 2012, he was recalled by the Pistons.

2012–13 seasonEdit

In July 2012, Macklin joined the Pistons for the 2012 NBA Summer League. On August 19, 2012, he signed a one-year deal with Royal Halı Gaziantep of the Turkish Basketball League in August 2012.[5] In November 2012, he was released by Gaziantep after just five games.[6]

On December 18, 2012, Macklin was acquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.[7]

On February 14, 2013, he signed with Barangay Ginebra San Miguel as their import for the 2013 Commissioner's Cup.[8] He helped the team reach the Commissioner's Cup final, where they fell 3-0 in a best of 5 series.

2013–14 seasonEdit

In July 2013, Macklin joined the Los Angeles Clippers for the 2013 NBA Summer League.

On December 5, 2013, he signed with Liaoning of the Chinese Basketball Association.[9] Later that month, he left after just seven games.

2014–15 seasonEdit

In July 2014, Macklin joined the Orlando Magic for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[10] On September 26, 2014, he signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.[11] However, he was later waived by the Pelicans on October 9, 2014.[12]

On November 22, 2014, he signed with Al Jaysh of Qatar.[13]

38th William Jones CupEdit

In July 2016, Macklin represented the Philippine club Mighty Sports PH in the 38th William Jones Cup,[14] and later on winning the Gold Medal for the club with an unbeaten record of 8-0.[15]

2017–18 seasonEdit

In March 2018, Macklin signed with the Magnolia Hotshots of the Philippine Basketball Association as their import for the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup.[16]

NBA career statisticsEdit

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

2011–12 Detroit 23 0 5.9 .543 .000 .571 1.5 .2 .2 .2 2.0
Career 23 0 5.9 .543 .000 .571 1.5 .2 .2 .2 2.0

See alsoEdit


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