Looks like a new trend could finally be happening, and we’re here for it. Top college basketball recruit Makur Maker has decided to commit to Howard University over UCLA! Deets on his game changer inside…
This move could help change the course of college basketball forever.
Five-star senior Makur Maker announced his commitment to Howard University in the fall, becoming the highest-ranked college basketball prospect to commit to a historically Black college or university since the ESPN launched its recruiting database in 2007. Makur – who is the cousin of Detroit Pistons forward Thon Maker – is the No. 16 prospect in the class of 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 #MakerMob
— Makur Maker (@MakurMaker) July 3, 2020
“I was the first to announce my visit to Howard and other[s] started to dream ‘what if,'” Makur wrote on Twitter on Friday. “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 and coach Kenny Blakeney.”
Makur called out 2023 five-star recruit Mikey Williams, who has been publicly considering playing for Howard or at another HBCU.
He also made the announcement on Instagram:
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Committed Howard U. Let’s get it!!
A post shared by Makur Maker (@makurmaker1) on Jul 3, 2020 at 12:48am PDT
“Committed Howard U. Let’s get it!!,” he captioned pictures of himself in a Howard U jersey.
Makur went to visit Howard last year and was quite impressed.
“There’s a lot of business opportunities, a lot of Black leaders here,” he said during the 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.”
Makur chose Howard over several big name basketball schools which include UCLA, Kentucky and Memphis. Do you know what that means? If other college players start doing the same…could this be the beginning of the end for the NCAA?
The NCAA has been under heavy criticsm for years – from not paying athletes to use their likeness in NCAA-sponsored materials like video games and television spots to being accused of not truly caring for the well being of student-athletes, especially black student athletes. Many black college stars – past and present – have spoken out about feeling like the usual schools they attend only care about them when they can deliver championships. But if they get hurt or if an unplanned emergency occurs, they’re suddenly paid dust often times by the very people who rolled out the red carpet to bring them into the fold.
HBCUs’ lack of funding in part stems from a lack of a robust athletic program at the schools. But getting a top notch recruit will most definitely change that for Howard University and others down the line, as more eyes and more attention will certainly be on them now.
Makur’s historic move comes months after Jalen Green – a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft – made a historic move when he opted to bypass playing basketball in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) to sign on to a newly created developmental program in the G League. He was reportedly considering to play at either Auburn or Memphis, but felt this was the best move for him.
Things are changing, and salute to Gen Z for going hard for that change – unapologetically!
Photo: Makur’s IG