Last month we reported that Makur Maker, one of the top 2020 high school prospects and a potential one-and-done pro prospect, was interested in Howard. That news was met with some excitment, but also with some eye rolls.
Well those eyes can keep on rolling.
The 7’1 prep star will reportedly visit Howard University’s campus during homecoming in mid-October, according to Fox Sports’ Chris Broussard.
Maker is reportedly strongly considering HU along with Kentucky, Oregon, USC and Auburn. Landing him is definitely a long-shot, but he’d literally be the biggest thing to hit Howard’s basketball program ever.
He also picked an exciting time to visit as Howard Homecoming is known around the HBCU world and beyond as a place to see and be seen.
Critics and naysayers contend that playing at an HBCU won’t help Maker’s game get any better. They’ll say he needs to go to a big-time, Power Five school for more exposure. Some folks who even support HBCUs and HBCU sports will look at Maker’s visit as little more than a gesture. After all, Kayvon Thibodeaux got a lot of publicity for visiting FAMU before ultimately going the conventional route and choosing Oregon.
Be that as it may, the fact that Maker is taking a visit, added with calls from prominent black journalists like Broussard and Jemele Hill for athletes to take HBCUs as options, is one that should be cause for some level of optimism.
By the way, the Gameday Crew will be on the yard that weekend as part of the HBCU Gameday Tailgate Tour Powered by Nissan. We’d be more than happy to promote HBCUs to the budding young star.