West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins has announced that Elijah Macon has signed a national letter of intent for the 2013-14 academic year.
Macon, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward from Columbus, Ohio, is currently attending Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., playing for coach Jason Smith. Last year, Macon attended Huntington Prep in Huntington, W.Va., playing for coach Rob Fulford, where he averaged 15 points and nine rebounds per game. He spent three years at Marion-Franklin High in Columbus and averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks as a junior. Macon was tabbed by the Columbus Dispatch as a District 10 All-Star and named to the All-City League South Division First Team. He also earned All-Ohio Area honorable mention honors as a junior. Macon was ranked as the No. 1 junior prospect in the state of Ohio by Ohio Prep Spotlight magazine, rated as the 13th-best power forward by Scout, is a Rivals 4 star and ranked as the No. 44 best player in the 2012 class by ESPNU. Macon played AAU basketball for the All-Ohio Red.
"Obviously, Elijah brings a great deal of athleticism and talent," says Huggins. "He not only has tremendous rebounding abilities but also the ability to change and alter shots inside. His year at prep school will certainly better prepare him to make an immediate impact. Without a doubt, Elijah has been one of the premier power forwards in the country."
Macon joins Nathan Adrian (Morgantown, W.Va./Morgantown HS) and Brandon Watkins (Decatur, Ga./Grady HS) in the 2013-14 recruiting class. The November signing period continues through Wednesday.