By LARRY VAUGHT
I’ve learned to never say never when it comes to John Calipari and recruiting, but I still just didn’t see any way that 6-11 center Makur Maker would play at Kentucky next season even if he did list UK in his final four list of potential college choices.
Maker also listed UCLA — the team almost every recruiting analyst had as the favorite — along with Memphis and Howard as potential college choices.
The five-star Maker had indicated he would make his college choice next week and Kentucky coach John Calipari had spent a lot of time recruiting Makur — possibly because UK doesn’t know if Wake Forest transfer Olivia Sarr will be granted a waiver by the NCAA or not to allow him to play at UK next season. And the longer it goes without a ruling, the more I tend to think the ruling won’t be what UK fans hope.
Maker, who played at Hillcrest Prep in Arizona last year, is a top 20 player nationally and one of the nation’s top five centers in the 2020 recruiting class.
However, early Friday morning Maker announced his commitment to Howard University as he became the first high level national player to commit to a historically Black university.
Kentucky was just not a fit I could see for Maker no matter what Calipari had been telling him. Remember, though, he’s eligible for the draft — or G-League — and that’s still the route I would expect him to go.