Top Basketball Recruit Makur Maker Commits to Howard
In an Instagram post posted early Friday morning, five-star basketball recruit Makur Maker made waves when he announced his commitment to Howard University to play collegiately. The decision is notable because Maker is the highest ranked college basketball recruit to commit to a historically black college since ESPN began ranking college recruits in 2007. Maker was looking at other prestigious universities programs such as UCLA, Kentucky, and Memphis before finally deciding on Howard.
Maker is ranked No.16 on ESPN’s top 100 basketball recruits and No.75 in ESPN’s NBA draft rankings. Measuring 6 foot 11 inches, the versatile player’s stature will come in handy for the Bisons. In a twitter post, Makur expanded on his decision, explaining his desire to inspire others to follow his lead and build up a great program at Howard.
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
— MK (@MakurMaker) July 3, 2020
The player referenced in the tweet, Mikey Williams, is another promising player. He is the top ranked 15-year-old male player in the country and has already demonstrated some interest in joining Howard’s team. Additionally, earlier this year, fellow top-5 basketball recruit Joshua Christopher also visited Howard University on a recruit trip. Christopher eventually chose Arizona State University but stated to the press that his interest in Howard was legitimate. These top ranked recruit’s interest in Howard University point to a promising future for the HBCU’s basketball program.
Being a basketball player with such high potential, it will be interesting to see where Maker’s future takes him. He is expected to join the Bisons in the fall, but with corona-virus still in full swing, a season is not guaranteed. Furthermore, he may be a player who only does one collegiate season before putting his name in the NBA draft to pursue a professional career. Only time will tell what’s in store for this talented player.