Elijah Macon is a 6'8", 210 lbs power forward from Ohio. ESPN, Rivals, and Scouts all have him as a 4-star recruit for the 2012 class.
He initially committed to West Virginia but recently re-opened his recruitment and Maryland is one of the schools going after him.
Elijah is a long and athletic post with terrific mobility and agility. He runs the floor very well, changes direction effortlessly, and can get his head on the rim. He is effective in transition, beating most bigs rim to rim and running and finishing in stride and has pretty good hands to catch and finish in traffic either off of dribble penetration or by going to the glass. His skill set is evolving and now includes a soft touch to 15 feet or the ability to face up and give a single bounce. He secures rebounds above traffic, blocks a fair amount of shots, and has a high defensive upside thanks to his size, length, and mobility.
Macon needs more muscle mass in order to play through contact against a high level of competition and also needs to be a little more physically aggressive inside. He will be tentative to go into contact at times, tries to out-jump people on the glass instead of blocking out, and isn't quite as good of a shot blocker as he should be. He also needs to learn to play hard on every possession as his motor can be inconsistent at times. Offensively, he has a tendency to drift to the perimeter too often and must be able to score the ball from the low post in a half-court game.
Macon is a physically gifted player with a soft touch but he needs to get stronger and a little nastier inside before he can put his wide variety of tools to their best use.
Macon is an athletically gifted power forward who is loaded with natural ability. He is at his best facing the rim where he can score out to 18 feet, and also has some ability to handle the ball. Macon runs the floor well, and gives energy, but he doesn't have too much of a back to the basket game, and defensively he can take plays off.
Here is his most recent video showcasing his skills. I think you all will be pretty impressed with his first play:
Elijah Macon Highlights from the 1st half of 2011 - Ohio's top junior (via CityLeagueHoopsTV)
And for those of you pessimistic fellows who point to the fact that neither ESPN, Rivals, nor Scouts has Maryland listed as one his schools be sure to check this video out (which was posted yesterday):
Q&A With Elijah Macon (6'8 2012) All Ohio Red (Nike EYBL-Los Angeles) (via NextLevelConnect)