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Student Athlete of the Week: Centennial’s Edward Macon

Jason Lewis jlewis@ourweekly.com | 3/17/2016, midnight
While many young Black men use their athletic talents for football and basketball, Centennial High School senior Edward Macon detoured ...
Compton Centennial High School baseball player Edward Macon has been accepted into three California State Universities and 14 Historically Black Colleges andUniversities./ OW photo by Jason Lewis

“It’s just repetition, Monday through Friday, everyday,” Macon said. “It’s the same thing everyday. It’s defensive fielding, running laps, and then doing a lot of hitting. Once I’m on the field, certain plays have become natural to me.”

Athletically, Macon is a year-round player, because he played football up until last year. But he gave up the sport because he was getting too many injuries. He has been a key contributor on the basketball team. During his junior year, Macon averaged 11 points per game, and this past season he averaged 14 points. He also plays on a travel baseball team.

Academically, Macon has a 3.5 grade point average while taking Advanced Placement and honors classes, and he uses his surroundings in Compton as motivation to continue to work hard.

“Seeing the people that I grew up around, that’s just not what I wanted to be,” Macon said. “I wanted to do whatever I had to do to prevent myself from being that type of person.”

Like all student-athletes who excel in both the classroom and in their sport, time management is a key for Macon.

“I study as much as I can,” Macon said. “As far as sports, (and after) . . . helping my mom, I don’t really have time for certain stuff.”

Macon favors English and history because he enjoys reading books and learning about different cultures. As a freshman, he read a book about neurosurgeon Ben Carson, which inspired him.

“He kind of gave me a spark,” Macon said. “If he was able to do this, then I (should be) able to accomplish my goals. It was an inspiration to me.”

In school, Macon’s favorite time period to learn about is more recent history.

“The mid 1980s and early 1990s,” Macon said. “It wasn’t so long ago. Even though I wasn’t born, I feel like I can still relate to something that was so current.”

Macon has been accepted to three Cal State Universities and 14 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Clarke Atlanta University is high on his list, but he may choose to stay closer to home to help support his mother. He is the youngest of four, and his father passed away some time ago. Cal State Sacramento and Cal State Northridge are strong options for him, because he would like to move away, but not too far away. He would be the first person in his family to graduate from college.

“The hardest challenge is deciding which school I’m going to go to,” Macon said.

Choosing a major may not be as difficult a decision, because Macon is thinking about business and economics.

“I want to be able to come back to my community and be able to provide, if it’s not money, then it’s going to be knowledge,” Macon said. “I think that business is a first step to accomplishing my goals. I want to come back and be that male influence that I didn’t have growing up.”

Macon is already giving back to his community, because he coaches youth baseball players at Gonzales Park.