Five-star recruit Makur Maker committed to Howard University on Friday, choosing a historically Black college/university over UCLA, Kentucky and Memphis. He’s the highest ranked college basketball prospect to choose an HBCU in the era of online recruiting databases (circa 2007).
I was the 1st to announce my visit to Howard & other started to dream “what if”. I need to make the HBCU movement real so that others will follow. I hope I inspire guys like Mikey Williams to join me on this journey. I am committing to Howard U & coach Kenny Blakeney #MakerMob— Makur Maker (@MakurMaker) July 3, 2020
I want to thank Coach Cal and Coach KP of University of Kentucky Coach Cronin of UCLA and coach Hardaway of Memphis for considering me. It was a tough choice.— Makur Maker (@MakurMaker) July 3, 2020
“I was the 1st to announce my visit to Howard & other started to dream ‘what if.’ I need to make the HBCU movement real so that others will follow. I hope I inspire guys like Mikey Williams to join me on this journey. I am committing to Howard U & coach Kenny Blakeney.”
Maker is a versatile, 6-foot-11 prospect considered in the top 20 of the country. He was born in Kenya, his family is from Sudan and lived in Australia until moving to California in 2015. He finished his high school career at Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix.
Mikey Williams, who Maker referenced in his decision, is the top-ranked 15-year-old boys basketball player in the nation. He said earlier this month, as protests grew across the country following the death of George Floyd, that attending an HBCU “wouldn’t be too bad.”
Maker ready to ‘change the narrative’
Maker and five-star recruit Joshua Christopher both made visits to Howard, a rare instance of star talents visiting HBCUs.
Top schools with bigger budgets typically get the top recruits in a class, but Maker told The Undefeated in October 2019 he was considering “changing the narrative.”
“I think we’re starting a different culture with top recruits coming in to visit here and taking this seriously,” Maker told The Undefeated before scrimmaging with the Howard basketball team. “A lot of HBCUs are being overlooked.”
“There’s a lot of business opportunities, a lot of Black leaders here,” Maker said during his visit. “I’ve seen the alumni. I spoke to the president. The opportunity is here.
“It seems like everybody is all in together, everybody knows each other,” he added. “The culture is definitely here. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Christopher ended up choosing Arizona State, but said he was serious about considering Howard.
Maker potential for 2020 NBA draft, G League
Maker put his name in for the 2020 NBA draft after the league determined he was eligible since he was two credits shy of graduating with his original 2019 class in Irvine, California. The highest projections have him in the second round of the draft, rescheduled for October due to COVID-19.
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