Release: August 13, 2007
basketball coach Broadus adds former Temple and NBA star Macon
Macon, 38, is still the all-time scoring leader at Temple and the Atlantic-10. A three-time collegiate All-American, he amassed 2,609 points before being picked eighth overall in the 1991 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. He played six years in the NBA with Denver and Detroit and scored 1,685 points in 251 games.
After playing three more years oversees, Macon returned to the collegiate ranks and served as an assistant coach for John Chaney at Temple for three years (2003-06) before moving to Georgia State last season.
"Having a guy like Mark join our program is a great boost," Broadus said. "He adds as much quality as anyone we could possibly have hired. Mark is an NBA guy who has a lot of experience and expertise and he also has a great eye for talent. He is a quality guy who will be an outstanding member of our program and our community."
"I was hired by a great coach and it is going to be a pleasure working here," Macon said. "I was really impressed with the guys on the team I met when I first got here. They all had firm handshakes and looked me in the eye which shows that they are very mature, confident players."
At Temple from 1987-91, the 6-foot-5 guard Macon led the Owls to 94 wins and three NCAA tournament appearances in four years. He averaged 20.6 points per game as a freshman, earning Freshman of the Year honors from the UPI and two other associations. Macon was a finalist for the John Wooden Award - just the third -ever freshman to be nominated (Ralph Sampson and Patrick Ewing). That year, Macon led the Owls to a 32-2 record, No. 1 ranking in the final AP poll and a spot in the NCAA Elite Eight.
Under Chaney's tutelage, Macon was the only four-time first-team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection in league history. He scored a record 2,609 points and had a career scoring average of 20.7. He also set the school record for career steals (281) and was inducted into Temple's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
As a senior, Macon was the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and was chosen as the Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Regional, where Temple bowed to North Carolina. He then was chosen in the first round of the NBA Draft, and averaged 10.6 points per game as a rookie with Denver.
Macon is a native of Saginaw, Mich., where he was named the Athlete of the Decade in the 1980s by The Saginaw News after a scholastic career that produced 2,490 points for Buena Vista High School. He was the third-leading scorer in Michigan high school history and averaged 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists over his career. As a senior, he was the Naismith and Gatorade Michigan Player of the Year.
Macon graduated from Temple with a bachelor's degree in education in 1991. Active in community endeavors, he established and runs the Mark Macon Foundation, a non-profit entity that provides funds to charity organizations.
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