Saturday, September 17, 2011
New Knight: Oscar Macias jr. G 6-3
I'm assuming you don't know much (if anything) about new Golden Knight Oscar Macias, but I'm going to give you a quick quiz on him anyway. Which Macias-related number is my favorite:
The answer is D. Macias earned a 3.0 GPA during the spring 2011 semester at Triton College, a community college just outside of Chicago. Transfers from two-year schools are often branded as underachievers academically, so it's nice to see that Macias takes his studies seriously.
So what's the deal with the first three numbers? Macias racked up 44 points in a win against NJCAA Division II top-ranked Cincinnati State last season, making 15-of-18 shots from two-point range and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Triton was 31-6 last year, winning the NJCAA Region IV championship, advancing to the NJCAA Division II national semifinals, and claiming the NJCAA national third-place game. Macias averaged 14 ppg for the Trojans, plus 4 rebounds and 2 assists a contest.
Those individual stats aren't overwhelming, but Macias is a borderline Division I talent. According to a couple sources including ChicagoHoops.com, he verbally committed to DI Chicago State in February before enrolling at Gannon. Here's how Chicago Hoops (love the name, by the way) described him: "Macias brings size, versatility, and an ability to score the basketball to the table. Macias scores the ball in a variety of ways. Macias is a player who will be able to come in and provide an immediate offensive boost. He was also being recruited by the likes of Arkansas-Little Rock, Tennessee-Martin and Texas Christian."
Here's more info you need to know on this new Knight:
* He was all-conference first team, all-region second team and selected to the NJCAA Region IV all-tournament team as a sophomore
* Triton named him team MVP and the school's Male Athlete of the Year in 2010-11
* While Gannon is saying he's 6-foot-3, the Triton roster lists Macias at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds
* He made 57% of his field goals attempts, 30% of his threes (20-of-66), and 77% of his free throws over 33 regular-season games. For a game-by-game recap of his sophomore year, click here.
* As a freshman, he averaged 8.5 ppg and shot 43% from the field, 30% on three-pointers (17-of-56), and 76% from the foul line over 28 games
* This article from Mlive.com shows that Macias led Triton to a win over eventual NJCAA runner-up Mott Community College in Lansing, MI. The article doesn't provide a lot of insight on Macias, but I love how cranky the Mott coach is. Apparently his tirade worked. Mott won its next 30 games before falling in the national championship game.
* At Morton (Ill.) HS, Macias was a two-time all-conference selection
* As a senior he earned all-area and all-city honorable-mention accolades while leading the Mustangs to a a regional championship and #18 state ranking according to the Chicago Tribune
* Here's a Chicago Tribune article where Macias leads Morton to victory with 20 points and provides the paper with some postgame comments. I'm such John Reilly likes the headline: "Tough 'D' sparks Mustangs"
* Here's another Trib article with good news: Morton posts a narrow victory (40-38) over a state power, Macias wins the game by sinking both ends of a 1-and-1 with 1.5 seconds left, and we learn that Evanston High School's nickname is the "Wildkits." That's a tremendous trifecta.
* Here's a photo of a very lean Macias taking it to the rack for Morton.