Makur Maker, a five-star rated college basketballprospect who could have gone to almost any school, on Friday announced he had turned down top colleges in favor of Howard University.
Maker made the shock announcement in a tweet, explaining why it was important for him to attend a Historical Black College or University in the fall rather than a school more known for elite athletics. Maker said Thursday he was choosing among Howard, UCLA, Kentucky and Memphis.
Maker, the cousin of Detroit Pistons center Thon Maker, is the highest-ranked recruit to commit to an HBCU in at least a decade. He is the No. 16 player in ESPN's rankings for the Class of 2020, and the No. 17 recruit according to 247 Sports
A player with one-and-done potential, Maker noted in his post on Twitter that he hopes to inspire other top talents to follow his lead. He specifically mentioned Mikey Williams, a 2023 five-star recruit who said he has long considered attending an HBCU like his mother, who played softball at Hampton.