Catrell Maclin may only be a freshman, but he already has mapped out his future
after he graduates from LaGrange College.
He will be following in the footsteps of his dad, Corey Maclin, who is a television
sports broadcaster in the Memphis, Tenn., area.
"I've been following my dad around ever since I was a little kid," Catrell says.
"I love exactly what he is doing."
Through his father's work, Catrell has been able to meet several professional
basketball players, including the Miami Heat's LeBron James and the Memphis Grizzlies'
"I watch a lot of NBA and see lots of interviews with those guys, and then I get
to meet a lot of those guys when I'm back home," Catrell says. "Right before I
left to come to LaGrange College this fall, my dad interviewed Rudy Gay, and I
got a little workout in with Rudy Gay at the FedEx Forum, so I was pretty happy
The FedEx Forum is the home of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Catrell was a basketball standout at Arlington High School near Memphis.
He was named a citywide top-5 three-point shooter, was named Arlington Sharpshooter
of the Year, and the team's Most Valuable Player.
He came to LaGrange College to play basketball under new Head Basketball Coach
Kendal Wallace, who recently joined the college after serving as assistant basketball
coach for five years at Tennessee's Maryville College.
Catrell says he enjoys the friendships he's made with Coach Wallace and his teammates.
"We go out almost every Tuesday night to the local Brickhouse Grille and eat wings
together," he says. "And we recently had a Christmas party at Coach's house. He
gave each of us a present, and then we all brought $10 gifts and passed them around.
His wife even cooked for us."
Catrell's high school had about 3,500 students, while LaGrange College has about
1,000 undergraduate students. He says he loves the small campus.
"Everyone knows everyone here," he says. "At a big school you're just a number.
Here, I'll get an e-mail from a professor when I'm not in class, asking me if everything
Catrell, one of six children, was taught by his mom to pursue academics and "get
"I do a lot of reading the Bible and pursuing God," he says. "That's how I was
brought up. "