ESPN Youtube Channel posts a video of five-star recruit Makur Maker joining First Take to talk about his decision on committing to Howard University and why it was important to choose a historically Black university. On July 3rd, 2020, Maker committed to Howard University over big name universities such as UCLA and Kentucky. Maker tells Stephen A. Smith how he believes his decision will ‘generate a lot of wealth to our people.’ He adds how ‘everything kicked in’ during his visit during Howard’s homecoming weekend.
Besides his goal of bringing a championship to the HBCU, Maker states how he wants to obtain a degree from the university. However, he is open to playing in the NBA even if that means after his first year in college. Although Howard had a 4-29 basketball record last season, Maker trusts head coach, Kenny Blakeney, ability to build a successful program due to his past basketball experience.
Howard University is a private HBCU in Washington, D.C. that was established in 1867. According to the Princeton Review, Howard’s business school was ranked first in opportunities for minority students. Furthermore, The National Law Journal ranked HU’s law school in the top 25 in the nation for placing graduates in the top law firms.
The university’s colors are blue, white, and red and their mascot is the Bison/Lady Bison for women teams. Howard’s athletic teams are members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in NCAA Division I. HU is the home of many famous alumni including actress Taraji P. Henson, actor Chadwick Boseman, and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris.