Catrell Maclin

Broadcasting dreams
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' Rudy Gay.

"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 about that."

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 is OK."

Catrell, one of six children, was taught by his mom to pursue academics and "get God in."

"I do a lot of reading the Bible and pursuing God," he says. "That's how I was brought up. "

Friends for the Journey

LaGrange College attracts the best and the brightest from all over the world. For example, our most recent incoming class consisted of men and women from 19 states and 10 countries, and included:

  • 76 members of Beta Club or the National Honor Society
  • 71 members of service organizations
  • 51 team captains in varsity sports
  • 25 leaders involved in student government, with 11 presidents
  • Three students involved in school publications, one as editor
  • Two Eagle Scouts
  • 20 musicians in band or orchestra
  • 18 singers in choir
  • 31 entertainers in performing arts
  • 85 students in religious activities.

But you don’t have to be a star in high school to succeed at LaGrange. Here, you’re given the opportunity to discover the best in yourself and find your destiny – all in a caring and supportive environment.