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HOMETOWN HEROES

Hometown Heroes is a section that highlights the academic, athletic, and professional achievements of past student-athletes from Macon-Middle Georgia and surrounding areas. The idea is to educate, inform, and share the success stories of those who paved the way. Further, the hope is that today’s student-athletes will become inspired to pursue their dreams as a result. Simply put, see it, believe it, and achieve it!


OCTOBER HERO – 2016

Corey Williams: Basketball
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Williams is a Northeast-Macon (GA) graduate. He starred for Oklahoma St. University in the late 1980’s & early 90’s.

Professional

The 6-foot-2 guard enjoyed a six year NBA career and was a part of the 1992-93 Chicago Bulls championship team.

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After serving as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts & Florida State, Williams is entering his fourth season as head men basketball coach at Stetson University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


NOVEMBER HERO – 2016

Norm Nixon: Basketball

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Nixon is a Southwest-Macon (GA) graduate. He played four years at Duquesne University. During his time at Duquesne, he was named to the All-Eastern Eight Conference Team and finished as the all-time leader in assists. He posted career averages of 17.2-points, 5.5-assists, and 4-rebounds per game.

Professional

Nixon was selected No. 22 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1977 NBA Draft. He won two championships (1980 & 1982) with the “Showtime” Lakers and was a four time all-star selectee. The 6-foot-2 guard also averaged 15.7-points, 8.3-assists, and 1.5-steals per game during his twelve year NBA career.

Post retirement, Nixon became a sports agent representing professional athletes. Additionally, he has been married to Hollywood movie actress, Debbie Allen since 1984.

BOSTON - 1980: Norm Nixon #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers moves the ball up the court during a game played in 1980 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1980 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)


DECEMBER HERO-2016

Latavia Coleman: Basketball

tayColeman is a Southwest-Macon (GA) graduate, where she was a standout hoopster in the mid 1990’s. Following high school, she went on to enjoy an illustrious career at Florida State University. During her tenure at FSU, Coleman earned 1996-97 All-ACC Freshman Team and 1997-98 All-ACC Second Team honors. She finished her career with a 15.7ppg average and 5th all-time on the scoring list (1,428). Further, she averaged 6.9rpg during her FSU career and finished 10th on the all-time rebounding list (603).

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In 2000, Coleman was selected by the Houston Comets in the third round (pick No. 48) of the WNBA draft. In addition, she also enjoyed
professional stints overseas with Austria and Portugal.

 

After her playing career, Coleman returned home to Macon, Ga and now serves as the Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach at Howard High School.


JANUARY HERO-2017

Marcus Grant: Basketball
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Grant is a Central-Macon (GA) graduate. He was a four year (1991-95) basketball standout at Mississippi State University. In 1995, He was named to the All-SEC team and helped the Bulldogs reach the NCAA Sweet 16.

Professional

Grant played professionally for the USBL and in Europe. During his tenure overseas, he was named Eurobasket All-Finnish League Import Player of the year three-times as well as won a championship.

Post playing career, Marcus spent six years as an assistant coach at Mississippi State. Currently, he is in his fourth season at Troy University, where he is Associate Head Coach.

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FEBRUARY HERO-2017

Gerald Fitch: Basketball

fitcFitch is a Westside-Macon (GA) graduate. He was a four year starter at the University of Kentucky (2000-04). During his time at UK, he was selected to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2000-01 and named SEC Tournament MVP his senior season after defeating Florida 89-73 in the conference tourney championship game. Further, Fitch posted career averages of 10.9-points, 4.2-rebounds, and 1.2-steals per game.

Professional

Post college, Fitch played brief stints in the NBA with the Washington Wizards, Miami Heat, and Detroit Pistons. Currently (2004-present), he plays professionally overseas. fitch1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


MARCH HERO-2017

Jeff Malone: Basketball

jeffMalone is a Southwest-Macon (GA) graduate. He was a standout player on the Patriots’ 1979 National Championship squad. Post high school, Malone starred four years at Mississippi State University. He is the school’s all-time leading scorer and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2011.

Professional

Malone was selected No. 10 overall in the first round of the 1983 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets. He also enjoyed successful stints with the Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, and Miami Heat. During his thirteen year NBA career, he averaged 19-points per game and was a two time all-star selectee.

Post playing career, Malone coached the San Diego Stingrays in 2000 (IBL), Columbus Riverdragons from 2001-05 (NBA D-League), and Florida Flame in 2006 (NBA D-League).jeff3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


APRIL HERO-2017

Chandra Harris: Basketball

harrisHarris is a Northeast-Macon (GA) graduate. After high school she starred at Georgia State University. She was selected All-CAA Third Team as a junior and finished her collegiate career 2nd all-time in blocks (137) as well as produced 26 double-doubles, which ranks fourth most in school history.

Professional

Harris is currently in her fifth season playing professionally overseas. She has enjoyed successful playing stints in Finland, Poland, and Sweden, but is still working towards fulfilling her dream of making it to the WNBA.