It doesn’t appear as if five-star center Makur Maker will ever wear Kentucky blue or any other college basketball uniform.
Evan Daniels of 247 Sports has reported that NBA teams has been notified that Maker will be eligible for the 2020 draft.
Sources: NBA teams have been informed that five-star prospect Makur Maker is eligible to enter the 2020 NBA Draft.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) February 17, 2020
In October, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported that Maker enrolled at Chaminade College Preparatory in California back in 2015. According to the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement “a player shall be eligible for selection” as long as he “(A) is or will be at least nineteen (19) years of age during the calendar year in which the Draft is held, and (B) at least one (1) NBA Season has elapsed since the player’s graduation from high school (or, if the player did not graduate from high school, since the graduation of the class with which the player would have graduated had he graduated from high school).”
Maker turned 19 in November and will be a year removed from his original high school graduating class of 2019 come draft time; thus, it’s no surprise he has been deemed eligible.
Kentucky will now have to look for a center for the 2020 class elsewhere as Maker will not be an option.