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Monday Quickies: Makur Maker Edition

Makur Maker’s situation is definitely one to monitor.

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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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A historical end to an extraordinary season for the Tigers.


The CATSPY Awards Are Going Virtual in 2020 - Kentucky Sports Radio

COVID-19 will of course have a fingerprint on the Kentucky Wildcats awards ceremony.

Forward David Jones on Calipari’s radar - Cats Illustrated

Could the three-star land in Lexington?

Packers take a pass on drafting a receiver from heralded 2020 class - USA Today

Aaron Rodgers can’t be thrilled.

Tulane guard Teshaun Hightower charged with murder in Georgia - ESPN

Hightower is facing three additional charges.

‘All-time’: Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys elated after NFL Draft haul - USA Today

But will Dallas be better than 8-8 this fall?

Saints agree to re-sign QB Taysom Hill to deal through 2021 - ESPN

New Orleans will have three viable quarterbacks on roster this year.

Tennessee lures DE Dylan Brooks, top football recruit from state of Alabama - ESPN

It’s not every day the top recruit turns down Nick Saban.

TV star Kristin Cavallari, ex-NFL quarterback Jay Cutler filing for divorce - USA Today

One can only wonder if COVID-19 was too much quarantine.

Louisville WR signee Dexter Rentz shot and killed - ESPN

Rest in peace.