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Maker is highest-ranked HBCU commit, hopes to start a movement

Makur Maker’s surprise commitment shouldn’t really be a surprise at all.

It’s 4 a.m. and Makur Maker just committed to Howard

From a basketball standpoint, yes, it’s odd to see a five-star talent pick Howard University over the likes of Kentucky, UCLA, Memphis and many others. The G League, too. Maker is the highest-ranked player to commit to a historically Black college or university since ESPN began ranking high school basketball players.

But Maker is sending a message that it is bigger than basketball as he sparks an “HBCU movement,” as he put it, to create change in the sport.

“I need to make the HBCU movement real, so that others will follow,” Makur tweeted early Friday morning.

Makur’s commitment is not some kind of quick reaction to what’s going on in America either, though some may see it that way. So you know, he took an official visit to Howard before the start of the last college basketball season, and said then “HBCU’s are overlooked.”

It was his first official visit. His only official visit. Now he’s committed, and hopes others follow.

2023 elite guard Mikey Williams is one who could join the movement. He has also been considering an HBCU, and celebrated Maker’s commitment by saying, “We will make a change!!!” and “Let’s shock the world!!!”

Here in Big Blue Nation, it’s OK to be a little salty about the recruitment’s outcome because Kentucky was in the hunt until the very end, but it’s an admirable move for someone in Maker’s position. Good for him for making his own path and following his own beliefs. Let’s hope it all works out for him.

And let’s be really honest here… at least he didn’t go to Duke or Kansas or anywhere like that. We can support some Makur Maker at Howard.

But it also means we should be extra hopeful for Olivier Sarr’s eligibility.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

15 Comments for Maker is highest-ranked HBCU commit, hopes to start a movement



  1. Good Times
    1:07 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

    He committed elsewhere and was covered in the 4am post. I say we move on.



    • catdaddyd
      11:25 am July 6, 2020 Permalink

      The University was named after Moe, Shemp and Curly Howard. Their statues were torn down by the paid protesters.



  2. TPACAT
    1:17 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

    Click bait, at this point…



  3. runningunnin.454
    1:45 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

    He may be the highest ranked player to commit to an HBCU; but I doubt he has the success of Travis “Machine Gun” Grant and Elmore “The Rejector” Smith who both played for Kentucky State. Grant scored over 4,000 career points compared to Maravich’s 3600 career points; and, Smith still holds the NBA single game block record of 17.



    • UKFanSC
      1:48 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

      Travis Grant !! There’s a name I haven’t heard in a while. That guy could fill it up.



    • runningunnin.454
      1:58 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

      I had the privilege of watching Grant and Smith play against Ky Wesleyan in the Owensboro Sportscenter in the early ’70’s. It was a barn burner, and KSU pulled out a close one.
      Unfortunately, Grant’s NBA career was cut short by injuries; but, Smith played several years, I think for the Lakers and Cavs.



  4. UKInsider
    2:09 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

    Just heard Cal is going to schedule a game in DC against Howard. Last talent like this to commit to a lesser known school was Adonal Foyle and he had a great NBA career: https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/f/foylead01.html



  5. TonyMontana
    2:53 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

    It’s a weird phenomena how we bash players for going to a different school than ours. We don’t want them to do well. We immediately say, well they sucked anyway. They wont make it to the tournament, they definitely wont make it to the NBA and if they do, they will flop! I suppose we’re scared that if he does succeed, then other players will follow the same path. Even though Makur had us on his list, none of us expected him to go here anyway. We know players can succeed anywhere they go if they work hard enough.



  6. UKLugo
    3:04 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

    The announcement itself, to me, really sounds like a desperate attempt to be the first to do this and thus, be the one to get credit now and in the history books? I had heard a lot of noise about Mikey Williams, even from national media outlets, but I don’t think many people were talking about Makur Maker going to HBCU, even though Howard was on his final list. William’s decision is, or at least was, a ways away. So this just seems like Maker trying to beat him to the punch. I dont think I would feel this way if not for that self-serving tweet.



    • UKFanSC
      3:44 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

      Agreed…. The other thing that makes this commitment specious is the fact that he will likely go pro anyway.



  7. A_Blue_Wildcat
    4:05 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

    Howard went 4-29 last season and was one of the worst in attendance in all of college athletics, people talk big game regarding HBCU’s in the media but once the season starts no one cares



  8. WILDCATS1968
    4:55 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

    Good for Makur. IF he ends up attending college. BUT, he will never be as good as Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. Rick Mahorn, Ben Wallace, and Charles Oakley are a few more guys who played at HBCU’s.

    Norfolk State – Bobby Dandridge / Kyle O’Quinn
    Virginia Union – Ben Wallace / Charles Oakley
    Winston Salem – Earl “The Pearl” Monroe
    Grambling State – Willis Reed
    Hampton – Rick Mahorn
    TN. State – Robert Covington
    O’Quinn for the Knicks and Robert Covington 76’ers are currently playing in the NBA.



  9. GACAT
    5:18 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

    He is an IDIOT !!!! I am sure the Howard coaches have a huge track record for hitting kids to the pros.



  10. UKFanSC
    6:27 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

    Clearly he put a premium on the social statement of this decision. He feels like he is a trendsetter and a and example setter. Wants historical recognition. His decision, certainly unconventional. In spite of this hoopla, there is a better than average chance he goes to the pros anyway.



  11. kentuckybackupplayer
    6:50 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

    Howard has as good a chance at being good at basketball as the staff at Howard Johnsons.