Is big man Makur Maker back on the table for Kentucky? There’s a chance.
The 6-foot-11 center and 5-star prospect in the 2020 class originally declared for the NBA Draft in April, but he quickly clarified he’d be keeping his options open in terms of a potential collegiate career. Due to the uncertainty of the pre-draft process and his inability to work out for teams due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maker did not sign with an agent and instead decided to maintain his college eligibility coming out of high school.
Now, that could work out in Kentucky’s favor. College basketball insider Jon Rothstein is reporting Kentucky and UCLA have emerged as the favorites in Maker’s recruitment, if he decides to attend college in the fall.
Sources: Kentucky and UCLA are the favorites to land 5-star prospect Makur Maker if he doesn't stay in the 2020 NBA Draft and opts for college basketball next season.
Also considering Memphis, Auburn, and Oregon.
Maker is unlikely to play in the G League next season.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 10, 2020
The NBA G League previously reached out to Maker about signing a deal with their new professional pathway program, but Maker has said he is not interested. His only two options are the NBA Draft and college.
“Out west, I’d consider UCLA and maybe Oregon, but if I’m not out west, I’d consider Kentucky,” Maker told Evan Daniels last month. “You know Kentucky has everybody. They produce pros like Anthony Davis, Boogie Cousins – Coach Calipari has it all. And maybe Auburn also.”
Maker’s original list has seemingly held up since that interview. In addition to UK and UCLA, Rothstein is also reporting Oregon, Auburn and Memphis are in contention for the big man.
Makur Maker has always been a big fan of Kentucky, and UK has always been highly interested in Maker. UK just wants to make sure he’s serious about college. It’s a solid fit, especially after Olivier Sarr’s commitment.
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) May 10, 2020
Maker is listed as the No. 16 overall prospect in the country, the No. 3 center in the nation and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Arizona, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.