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Makur Maker commits to Howard

Maker goes the HBCU route over Kentucky and UCLA.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: JULY 19 adidas Gauntlet Finale Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On Thursday, Makur Maker announced he would be making his college choice next week.

Change of plans, as Maker has instead opted to pick his school now, announcing he would attend Howard today on Twitter.

A 6-11 center out of Hillcrest Prep (AZ), Maker was down to Howard, Kentucky, UCLA and Memphis before picking the Bison. He’s ranked 17th nationally in the 2020 class by 247 Sports Composite. He also held offers from Oregon, Alabama, USC and Memphis.

As Maker alluded to, this is a big win for the HBCU movement, which has been picking up steam this offseason. There’s still a chance Maker opts to stay in the 2020 NBA Draft (he’s still testing the waters), but regardless, this is still a major win for HBCUs and their pursuit of elite high school recruits.

For Kentucky, this is a bit of a loss since Maker appeared to be the only other frontcourt player that John Calipari was recruiting for next season. With Olivier Sarr’s eligibility case still pending, the Wildcats really could have used another true center on the roster, regardless of whether Sarr is eligible or not. Currently, there is no one else on the roster over 6-9, but Kentucky never appeared to be the leader for Maker.

The biggest loser in this decision is UCLA, who looked like the favorite for the California native going into the final stretch of this recruitment, if Maker actually attends school. He even said the Bruins were the leader recently, though most experts still expected Maker to ultimately end up going pro this year.