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Kentucky remains in contact with Makur Maker

Photo: Adidas/David Dixon

Photo: Adidas/David Dixon

Kentucky remains in consistent contact with 2020 five-star center Makur Maker.

According to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog, Kentucky, along with UCLA, Memphis, and Howard, have all been “consistently” in touch with the 6-foot-11 center.

“Makur Maker has graduated from Pacific Academy (CA) and is now weighing his next move,” Zagoria said of his recent conversation with Maker’s guardian Ed Smith. “Kentucky, UCLA and Howard have been “consistently” in touch, while Memphis has also reached out. Auburn and Oregon have also been linked to Maker.”

Maker, the No. 17 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, submitted his name in the 2020 NBA Draft, but left the door open for a potential move to the college ranks. At the time, Maker announced Auburn, Kentucky, Oregon, and UCLA as the schools he is considering should he pull his name at the draft. Not long after, college basketball insider Jon Rothstein doubled down on Maker’s interest in college, reporting that Kentucky and UCLA had emerged as the favorites, at least among schools.

In an interview with KSR, Ed Smith said that he has been transparent with the schools on Maker’s list, making it clear that while he’s still considering the NBA, he’d love to sign with one of his final schools if the opportunity presents itself.

“We have to be respectful that coaches still have to recruit,” Smith told KSR. “So let’s say UK still has to recruit their own guys. We don’t even know when the deadline is, we don’t know when workouts are going to be, or if there are going to be any workouts. It would be unfair to those college coaches, almost like we’re trying to string them along. … They have to move ahead, because what if he doesn’t pull out? You know? What if he doesn’t pull out of the draft and they say they’re holding a scholarship for him?

“What we’ve always been is truly transparent with them, we tell them to go on and do their job. We like you. We like these schools, [Kentucky, UCLA, Oregon, and Auburn] are the schools we like. If he pulls out, and there’s an opportunity there, then we’ll consider those schools.”

With Kentucky specifically, Smith told KSR that UK associate head coach Kenny Payne has been in regular contact with the five-star center and his camp, with UCLA being the other school in most consistent communication.

“[Kentucky associate head coach] Kenny Payne will call every once in a while and check in, ask how things are going. I’ll call him every once in a while and check in,” Smith said. “And then Mick Cronin at UCLA, he offered on May 5. He’s been [consistently talking with us too].”

Maker is expected to wait until the withdrawal deadline before making a final decision, meaning John Calipari and the UK coaching staff have some time to decide whether they want to go all-in on adding the five-star center to the roster.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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21 Comments for Kentucky remains in contact with Makur Maker



  1. Big Sexy
    10:41 am June 12, 2020 Permalink

    Why does the Maker name make me nervous when it comes to recruiting?



    • UKinIN
      11:13 am June 12, 2020 Permalink

      I know it’s harder to recruit against Duke, but when the other schools on the player’s list have a history of cheating, it makes me nervous too.



    • UKinIN
      11:13 am June 12, 2020 Permalink

      Well … I guess we’re about to learn that Duke has a history of cheating too …



    • mashburnfan1
      11:42 am June 12, 2020 Permalink

      Yea. Thank goodness our coach has no history of cheating…….oh wait you tellin me has wins vacated at 2 schools. No way, none of these other coaches who are called cheaters have that kind of record.



    • UKinIN
      12:12 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      I hate going down this road … Calipari has not been found guilty of anything at UMass or Memphis. Does that mean he’s innocent? Probably not. But he’s never been named. My understanding of the Memphis situation is that the NCAA cleared Rose to play then challenged his test score during the season and Calipari didn’t give the NCAA access to Rose. But aside from that, what has Calipari done during his time at UK? If the NCAA , Pete Thamel, and Pat Forde haven’t been able to charge him with anything why do you need to?



    • UKFanSC
      3:09 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      Please don’t respond to mashburn1 (which is a criminal usage of a great UK player’s name in my opinion). By acknowledging her drivel you make her day. She uses the phrase “ our coach”……who exactly is her coach ? Because it isn’t Cal !



    • 4everUKBlue
      3:38 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      mashbum will be along any minute now….oh wait, he’s already shown his ass, but what else is new, he’s shown. his ass more than a p-o-r-n actress.



  2. TonyMontana
    10:48 am June 12, 2020 Permalink

    Prediction: UK will sign Cade, Kumingo & Maker.



    • friendsofcoal
      11:31 am June 12, 2020 Permalink

      One can dream, right? Lol



    • satcheluk
      3:43 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      Don’t get high on your own supply Tony!



  3. UKLugo
    11:02 am June 12, 2020 Permalink

    Fun to imagine this guy at the 4 and Sarr at the 5.



    • mashburnfan1
      11:43 am June 12, 2020 Permalink

      If Sarr is not eligible this season he will never play for us.



    • UKLugo
      1:10 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      Yes. Both Makur and Sarr would be on this upcoming year’s roster if (and that’s a big IF) both play at UK at all.



    • 4everUKBlue
      3:39 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      mashbum is a genius, he just told us that Sarr already told us when he committed. Great job idiot.



    • 4everUKBlue
      3:40 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      Oh and mashbum you are not part of us to pack you tampons and move along.



  4. Wildfelinebeeline
    11:29 am June 12, 2020 Permalink

    Anyone know how many scholarships are left?



  5. BobbyBlue
    11:40 am June 12, 2020 Permalink

    Six new freshmen— Brooks and Allen return
    Mentz Sarr, Toppin transfers.
    That leaves two rides open



  6. Robkycats54
    11:56 am June 12, 2020 Permalink

    Really 3 spots toppin is going to redshirt this season, & if there’s only 2 spots cade & maker would be my choice & thirdly Cisse…. Kuminga is a phenomenal talent but our roster is stack at his position…. So I’ll go with a big & Cade



  7. 2andToodleLoo
    2:34 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

    I’d rather not be associated with Makur. Has always seemed shady. And to see Oregon and Auburn and Memphis involved only peak my suspicion.