Makur Maker cousin to Detroit Pistons star Thon Maker and G-league player Makur Maker has made his long awaited decision. The 19 year old has committed to play for Howard University in Washington DC. A historically black college that has a rich background of African-American culture. 86% of Howard University’s population is African-American/Black. He was ranked 16th nationally by ESPN out of 100 top recruits. Makur Maker, a player of South Sudanese descent, was born in Nairobi Kenya on November 4th 2000. He later moved to Australia when he was just a year old.
The 6’11 big is known to have a unique style of play with the the ability to stretch the floor with his three point shot. He is able to create plays on offense with ease. His length and wingspan have enabled him to become lethal on defense when it comes to protecting the rim. Makur’s high school career saw him move through various schools. His last school was Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, Arizona. In his high school career, the young sensation averaged 9.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.
He declared for the 2020 NBA draft on the 20th of April. Makur Maker was granted eligibility by the NBA. East African fans are eager to see which country he will choose to play for. Will he choose the mother land and represent South Sudan or he will follow his cousin’s footsteps and represent Australia? Only time will tell. The presence of Luol Deng at the helm of South Sudanese basketball will play a huge role in his decision making. The young superstar chose Howard University over UCLA, University of Kentucky and Memphis.
By Dr Ariel Okall
Edited by Brenda Mwaniki