Kentucky lost a couple of unexpected players from last season to this summer’s NBA Draft. Specifically, big men EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards are two players many expect to fall past the first round of the NBA Draft.
With just Keion Brooks returning from last season, Kentucky needs big men more than ever. Missing out on Matt Haarms stung and while Isaiah Jackson, along with Lance Ware, will come in as freshman, it would be game-changing to land next year’s unicorn.
Makur Maker, cousin of Detroit Pistons’ big man Thon Maker, currently ranks 12th in the ESPN high school top-100 for 2020. Though his build isn’t exactly the likes of your traditional center, Maker’s play style would have endless potential playing with teammates like he would have at Kentucky. Even at 6’11, Maker has the ability to make plays and score in multiple ways to elevate players around him.
Maker has entered the 2020 NBA Draft. Like his cousin, Maker could impress one or more teams at the combine and slingshot his way into the first round. Though he isn’t on any current mocks, all it takes is a few workouts closer to draft time to increase Maker’s stock.
While Maker could very well be on a NBA roster by the summer, there’s also the possibility he doesn’t go through with the draft and elects to play a year of college basketball. With the NBA as his goal, what better place to play than Kentucky?
A report from the Herald-Leader says Kentucky is interested in Maker. Perhaps there really is a chance the talented big man could end up in Lexington.
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LSU’s offense:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 26, 2020
▪️Had the #1 pick in the NFL Draft
▪️Became the first ever school with a QB, RB & WR drafted in the first round in the same year
▪️All 5 starting OL drafted or signed
▪️7 total draft picks
▪️*Every* draft eligible player was drafted or signed as a UDFA
A historical end to an extraordinary season for the Tigers.
COVID-19 will of course have a fingerprint on the Kentucky Wildcats awards ceremony.
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Rest in peace.