- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 27, 2008

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Georgetown beat writer Barker Davis weighed in this week on Vernon “Big Ticket” Macklin’s decision this week to transfer out of the program.

Given that learning curve and the departures of graduating frontcourt fixtures Roy Hibbert and Patrick Ewing Jr., Macklin was going to be given every chance to display his “Big Ticket” game next season.

Now, he’ll either be sitting out the season at another Division I school or suiting up for Podunk U. in an arena that literally and figuratively won’t do a thing to improve his perceived NBA draft stock.

For Georgetown, the loss is ephemeral, the blow to next season’s frontcourt depth perhaps offset by the hastened growth of young players with higher ceilings and greater resolve. For Macklin, the decision (for better or worse) could resonate for the rest of his life.

TWT FIVE - LOCAL PLAYERS WHO SHOULD GET DRAFTED TODAY

1. Erin Henderson, LB, Maryland.Mix of bloodlines (brother in the league) and production (All-ACC) should earn him an early morning phone call.

2. Vincent Redd, LB, Liberty. Former Virginia player has raw athleticism.

3. Arman Shields, WR, Richmond. With good size (6-1) and speed (4.40), he’ll get a late look.

4. Owen Schmitt, FB, WVU. Fullback has proved he can do the dirty work for big-name backs.

5. Xavier Adibi, LB, Virginia Tech.Big-hitting linebacker was All-ACC and All-American.


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