In other words, the kid knows his stuff.
"They have young guards, we're really young this year," Macon said of West Virginia's current roster. "They have two seniors in K.J. [Kevin Jones] and Truck Bryant. Next year I'll add on another big and another rebounder. We'll still be young but we'll be better. This year [the freshmen] don't really know what to do, but by next year I'll be learning from them."
The Columbus, Ohio native said the competition level has increased drastically in his only year at Huntington Prep, and that the talent level has helped prepare him even more for the next level.
West Virginia fans have seen highly touted recruits fizzle out due to off-court issues, grades and other various problems. But Macon, listed as a four-star recruit on rivals.com, is making sure his academic ducks are in a row, adding he's flourishing at St. Joseph High School where Prep players attend classes during the day.
"It's more one-on-one attention with teachers that you get in private school than in public school," Macon said. "It's a better fit for me. I wouldn't say I was getting that much attention [at public school]. Now that I'm here I'm more focused on schoolwork. I mean I'm still focused on my game, but I'm more focused on my schoolwork."
And while a bright future looms on the horizon for Macon, his current team has fought to a No. 5 national ranking and the big man says he still has a few things to get done before he trades Huntington for Morgantown.
"Basically just being a captain, losing more body fat, and getting in shape," Macon said of his remaining goals. "Next year I know I'll be running a lot. Playing the position I play at, which is the three, four, and five, you've got to be ready to bang and do all the dirty work."
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