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.
I'm told Bovada oddsmakers believe Bronny James will follow in Makur Maker's footsteps and commit to an HBCU in 2023.
Here's the line:
North Carolina Central* +120
North Carolina A&T* +900
North Carolina +1600
— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) July 3, 2020
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.
NCCU with the best odds. I know LeVelle and Bron are homies but what does Vegas know that we don't?? https://t.co/nlyX0kuGF8
— Aye throw that Boyz II Men on (@DragonflyJonez) July 3, 2020
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.
About to make folks mad with this!!? #HBCU
— Mikey Williams (@619PRESIDENTIAL) July 2, 2020
“[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…