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Oddsmakers believe Makur Maker’s decision to attend Howard could spark a trend

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Makur Maker, a five-star prospect in the class of 2020, committing to Howard was a shock to most of the collegiate basketball world. For some, they see it as the start of a possible trend. Drew Franklin touched on this earlier today, but now betting money is getting involved.

Kristian Winfield, who covers the Brooklyn Nets for the New York Daily News, posted to Twitter soon after Maker’s commitment, stating that Bovada oddsmakers have told him another high-profile prospect is going to be in the running to attend a Historically Black College and University: the son of Los Angeles Laker superstar LeBron James, Bronny James.

According to Winfield, North Carolina Central (also known as NC Central) is barely the “odds on favorite” to land the basketball prodigy, who currently plays for BJ Boston‘s former high school squad, Sierra Canyon in Los Angeles, California. Bronny is only about to be a freshman in high school, but ESPN has already tabbed him as a four-star point guard and the No. 24 player in the country for his class. NC Central is slotted ahead of blue blood programs such as Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, and Kansas. But there are also two other HBCU options that made the cut, Howard (who Maker committed to on Friday) and North Carolina A&T.

It sure seems like a long shot, but when you consider the fanfare that already surrounds hyped-up prospects like Bronny, going to a Kentucky or Duke isn’t as necessary in terms of how much spotlight they might receive. I can all but guarantee that if Bronny made the jump to an HBCU, they would receive more ESPN coverage than most Power-5 teams. His high school team already does.

2023 is still a long way away and it might seem a bit far-fetched that the son of the NBA’s best player of his generation would attend a far-less publicized program such as Howard or NC Central. But Maker could very well be starting a trend and he’s not the first high school hooper to seriously connect himself to an HBCU. Mikey Williams, the No. 3 overall player in ESPN’s 2023 class, is also considering attending an HBCU once he makes a college decision. Williams has said on more than one occasion that he is thinking about joining an HBCU at the next level and now that someone else has done it, it won’t be as much of a shock when the next player does.

“[There’s a] good chance,” Williams told Bleacher Reports’ Taylor Rooks about potentially attending an HBCU. “It just depends on how my future plays out…only God knows what the future holds for me and as of right now I don’t.”

Williams has received roughly a dozen scholarship offers from other HBCU programs and NC Central appears to be high on his list already. But are they serious contenders? After Maker’s announcement, it seems like they officially are. All it takes is one person to swing a movement…

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

55 Comments for Oddsmakers believe Makur Maker’s decision to attend Howard could spark a trend

  1. nocode96
    10:25 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

    This would be a trend I personally would be okay with. More power to the young men, and I understand why they would do it and the significance, I applaud it. But, unless a HBCU can land several players on this level around roughly the same time, it’s a trend that likely won’t last. To even make the tournament, a HBCU almost absolutely has to win their conference, and then beyond that, they aren’t beating anyone of significance. A couple decisions like this resulting in draft stock falling and not playing in meaningful post season games will have a huge impact.

  2. Wild Turkey 101
    10:33 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

    If you don’t want to be coached by the best than go to Howard.

  3. Jon
    10:39 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

    SEC football will become the Big Ten when football players begin to do this. Will be fun to see white linebackers again!

    • hal9944
      9:24 am July 4, 2020 Permalink


    • kydrummer
      4:44 pm July 4, 2020 Permalink

      And go 2-10 again!

  4. 4everUKBlue
    10:45 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

    Bagmen are going to be very busy.

  5. theSpectre_
    10:52 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

    If college basketball becomes just another NBA/NFL/BLM platform, then I’ll check out for good. I’ve been a fan for over 4 decades. I won’t be alone. If this becomes a consistent black vs white stage for groups who seek to divide us, we’ll see how far they go without the dollars of the white fans whom they’ve alienated.

    • The last sith lord
      3:06 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      What divides us is the blantant injustice in society …. What’s makes it even worse is when certain ppl refuse to acknowledge that and the so called fans that refuse to value the human experience these young ppl are having … Which is the exact reason many more will be going to hbcus. You never hear about college students being arrested on an hbcu campus. You don’t hear about drugs or rape charges or athletes flunking out on an hbcus campus . I am not saying those things never happen but I am saying that student athletes are protected at an hbcu

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:10 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      I haven’t heard about Howard University at all until now. How many of you knew anything about Howard University until now? What divides us are blatant agendas that most either can’t see or don’t want to see, there are many factors that divide us. Divide and conquer has been a tactic used for centuries and that is a known fact for anyone who has studied history. BLM is an agenda being funded and used by elite white people and it’s provable if you just look. I don’t believe athletes with dreams of playing in the NBA are going to attend Howard U for the sole purpose of starting a movement for the betterment of society, there are other factors IMO.

    • dukeisking
      9:24 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      All black folks know of the history of Howard University. But you I assume not being a person of color wouldn’t have. That was living in a lilly white bubble will do to you. I imagine you live in the hills of Ky or West Virginia. ??

    • Bluebird
      9:25 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      Not having heard about Howard says more about y’all then it does about Howard. Founded in 1867. Member of the Black Ivy League. Nerve center of the civil rights movement in a lot of ways. Just a short list of alumni: Thurgood Marshall, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Bunche, Elijah Cummings, Amiri Baraka, Ta-Nehisi Coates, etc etc etc.

    • UKFanSC
      2:36 pm July 4, 2020 Permalink

      Black Ivy League ???

    • whack0001
      9:42 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      If you’re going to name drop at least use people somebody has heard of lol. Who the hell are they?

    • 4everUKBlue
      9:50 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      I’m sure you’ve both heard of Howard U in relation to sports and whether or not there have been reports of drugs or rape charges or athletes flunking out or students being arrested. And no I don’t know all the Universities whether they be black or predominately white or any other race. Does that make me a racist? I probably have more black friends than either of you two unless you’re black. @dukeisking, I do not live in the hills of KY or WV, just one more thing you’re dead wrong about. @bluebird, if you’re black I get that you know all that, if not I’d bet you just recently did a search, probably wikipedia, to learn more about Howard. Either way I still believe there is more at play here than Makur wanting to help change the world.

    • 4everUKBlue
      9:57 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      On second thought bluebird I would bet you did a search so you could name drop and pretend you’ve known about Howard U all along, whether you’re black or any other race.

    • SpontaneousHumanCombustion
      10:02 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      dukeisking said:

      ” black folks”?

    • Bluebird
      10:06 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      I did use google to find the year the university was founded. You caught me.

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:09 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      dukeisking also said, “But you I assume not being a person of color wouldn’t have. That was living in a lilly white bubble will do to you. I imagine you live in the hills of Ky or West Virginia. ?? Because no white person has ever heard of Howard U? Because all people from the hills of KY or WV are racist? When you point your finger there’s three pointing back at you. Isn’t that racial profiling or does it only apply when it fits your narrative?

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:10 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      I’m sure that’s all the information you obtained from google…

    • Bluebird
      3:59 pm July 4, 2020 Permalink

      I’ll give you Bunche. He’s probably pretty obscure. I did a report on him in 8th grade, but I don’t remember why it was assigned. And maybe Baraka, though we read some of his poems in high school. But not knowing the others just proves my point about the kind of bubble you might be living in. Thurgood Marshall was the first black Supreme Court Justice. Zora Neale Hurston wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God. Ta-Nehisi Coates might be the most prominent essayist currently working AND he writes Captain America and Black Panther’s comic books. Toni Morrison is one of the most well-known novelists on the face of the planet.

    • 4everUKBlue
      5:33 pm July 4, 2020 Permalink

      Google has no doubt been your friend.

  6. chris43
    12:54 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

    I sure hope Bronny James goes elsewhere. Wish we were even worse odds than 1400. I’ve slowly arrived at the point of not being able to stand his father.

  7. T-Town Cat
    1:03 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

    Wow. Three articles on Maker today versus one on a current UK player, and that was on the one player that WON’T be playing this year. Any agenda here?

    • theSpectre_
      1:31 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      Sadly, KSR has become a political left-wing experiment.

    • hal9944
      9:30 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      So true. I used to listen to show and come to this website everyday. Then they started getting political and it’s become a complete turnoff. Now i never listen to the show and might check this site out 1 or 2 times a week.

      Im here for the UK athletes, and their stories, not political agendas. If you want yo talk politics create a new show and website, but keep them separate!

  8. Alex90
    1:16 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

    I’m feeling a “Glory Road 2” coming here. A team full of all white players overcomes all odds to take down the all black schools that have denied them equal opportunities for years. What a time to be alive lol

    • theSpectre_
      1:30 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      What a time, indeed!

    • Bluebird
      6:53 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      A better scenario would be NC Central drawing Duke, the champions of privilege from just across town, in a tournament game. Central winning while Stephen Miller and other white supremacist Duke alums look on. I’d watch that movie.

  9. BigBluSoTru
    7:04 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

    I made a post about this happening on the first Makur article when he committed.

  10. UKLugo
    8:07 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

    Recruiters are payed good money to sell. They will adjust.

  11. UK_fac_boi
    8:32 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

    Trump and Epstein raped a 13-year-old girl.

  12. dukeisking
    9:26 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

    Why can’t y’all love every INCH of us like your sisters and daughters do?

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      9:47 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      Someone at Duke would have to reach an inch first.

    • whack0001
      9:48 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      At least we stick around and raise productive members of society with our women. You ditch your children and allow them to grow into idiots. Then you support a movement like BLM that advocates for the destruction of the family.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      9:52 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      If this is a race thing, you need to know they don’t love it, it’s called sexual assault.

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:15 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      Well at least dukeisking cleared one thing up….his lack of mental capacity. That statement, “Why can’t y’all love every INCH of us like your sisters and daughters do?”, tells us everything we need to know about dukeisking.

  13. UKCatAttack
    9:26 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

    According to the internet 78% of HBCUs are Black. 22% are everyone else including Whites, Hispanics, Asians, etc. If more Black people choose to attend HBCUs it’s logical to assume less non-Black people will attend these colleges. As a result we end up with unintended segregation. After decades if not centuries of fighting for desegregation of schools and colleges this seems counterproductive. Just something to think about.

    • The last sith lord
      11:40 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      You over look that hbcus are positioned and serve the black community. By going to hbcus these college stars become heros with capes championing a reinvestment in a community that represents them . Now that athletes can get paid for their image n likeness why not go to a school where there is no comparative antagonist. At uk you are compared to all the other blue bloods but at Hampton or Howard you are compared to you and because of you the entire team and conference gets a closer look from the NBA n over seas .
      For those that don’t know HOWARD is the first hbcu established just after the tests at Penn center (Hilton Head/ ghulla islands)to prove if black ppl could learn. If you don’t know about Howard or hbcus then any comment beyond admitting you don’t know ifade in unsaturated ignorance

    • T-Town Cat
      2:18 pm July 4, 2020 Permalink

      If they are serving the black community, they’re not doing a very good job. There have been shootings in the black community of the town I live in 7 of the last 14 nights, two resulting in the deaths of black children.

  14. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    9:49 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

    If he was white and went to a historically white college, they’d call him a racist.

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:00 am July 4, 2020 Permalink


    • The last sith lord
      11:43 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

      Historically white universities are d one .. lol ..
      I’ve never seen a white guy getting called racist for going d-1.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      10:31 pm July 4, 2020 Permalink

      Actually D1 is made up of predominantly black student athletes in the 2 major sports.

  15. millertim
    9:50 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

    Beyond stupid. Most HBCU’s are barely making it financially and their facilities are often worse than the high schools these kids attend. Their conference play and schedule will be a JOKE and they will get zero development as an elite player b/c competition will be awful!! Yeah this is a pipe dream that will NOT come to fruition. Kids still love perks, big arenas, large crowds, prime-time match-ups, etc…

  16. Tango98
    10:20 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

    aaaaand this is what KSR has turned into. Sad really. Used to be such a fun site and radio show, a brief escape from everyday crap. Now you get this (see everything above) more often than not. Just sad…

  17. 4everUKBlue
    10:23 am July 4, 2020 Permalink

    Sad part is, while the entire country is being distracted by BLM, the powers that should not be are planning the second plannedemic and lockdown and it will make the first one look like child’s play. Go ahead laugh and call me names if it makes you feel better, but you won’t be laughing this fall, in fact most of you will line up for the Gates vaccine like sheep to the slaughter.

  18. Cats79
    12:43 pm July 4, 2020 Permalink

    4everUkBlue, you hit the nail if people don’t wake up and smell the roses there gonna be under Bill Gates rader call world order.

  19. The Professor
    12:47 pm July 4, 2020 Permalink

    If I was a recruit who read the comments section of KSR, I would think twice about coming to play in front of a bunch of racists.

  20. BigBluSoTru
    2:20 pm July 4, 2020 Permalink

    A lot of this fan base is sickening to believe we really do have that backwoods mindset . If i was an opposing recruiter going against us this is the type of shit i would show a recruit. Some you people need to stop with this elite white attitude and treat everyone as equals. Just sickens my stomach reading some of your thoughts on here.

  21. Cats79
    3:25 pm July 4, 2020 Permalink

    Some People on here have no heart. God will not accept people that hates on skin of color or religious come people there’s enough space on this earth to be all equal.

  22. Cousins Fake Tooth
    2:26 am July 5, 2020 Permalink

    They just don’t want to go to schools where there are white people. They are just racist, pretty simple.