Second Hog in as many weeks.
FAYETTEVILLE - For his performance leading Arkansas to an 88-63 rout of the Troy Trojans last Saturday night at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Razorbacks senior guard Daryl Macon was named SEC Player of the Week Monday by the SEC Office in Birmingham, Ala.
Macon becomes the second Razorback SEC honored in consecutive weeks.
Last week Arkansas freshman forward Daniel Gafford of El Dorado was honored as the SEC Freshman of the Week.
A Little Rock Parkview grad who spent two years at Holmes (Miss.) Community College before transferring last season to Arkansas, Macon scored 25 points including 5 of 9 3-point attempts. But he did more than just score, Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson said Monday.
Macon also grabbed three rebounds, made three steals and dished five assists against zero turnovers last Saturday night.
Anderson said both Macon, contributing five assists even when he didn’t score during the first half of Arkansas’ 95-79 victory over Minnesota two Saturdays ago at Walton Arena and Arkansas’ second-leading scorer averaging 15.4 points per game, and senior guard Jaylen Barford, Arkansas’ leading scorer averaging 18.6 points but valuable against Troy with six rebounds, five assists and zero turnovers despite shooting but 2 for 11 netting seven points, are both far more all-round players than when both first reported to the UA as JC transfers two seasons ago.
“I think we saw it on display in that game there,” Anderson said of Macon vs. Troy. “It's just got to be a continuance. He was actually guarding, pressuring the ball. He was a one-man wrecking crew for about three plays where he just touched the ball and took it from the guy and went to the other end.
I think in the last few games, we made it a point that our guards have got to rebound. He and Barford, they've got to get me 3,4,5 rebounds if they're going to be out there on the floor. Barford had seven in that game.”
Anderson said the mutual Macon-Barford improvement comes with time.
“To me, that's just getting familiar with what we're doing,” Anderson said. “The first year you come in and you were the do-it-all kind of guy (in juco). Now you're playing with guys just as good as you … well, I guess in Daryl's mind he's better than anybody. But you're playing with other good players, so you've got to trust them. And they trust you. I think that's what we're seeing now. I think now he's learning how to assimilate himself into a true team. A team that hopefully will be one of the better teams in the country when it's all said and done.”