Several years ago the Kentucky Wildcats (and every other college) were snubbed by five-star center Thon Maker, who went straight to the NBA from high school. But it looks like the Wildcats will have much better odds of landing Thon's cousin, five-star center Makur Maker.
Speaking to the Kentucky Herald-Leader, Makur revealed that Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne made a surprise visit to him and his guardian. He would go on to speak glowingly about Kentucky head coach John Calipari.
“Coach Calipari is a good guy,” Maker said. “He sat down with me and my guardian, spoke about some things — how they see me at Kentucky. How I fit … just talking to me, personally. He was giving me tips. What it takes there to be on the floor, and what he would expect from me. He’s a good person.”
247Sports rates Makur as the No. 13 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 3 center in the country, and the No. 5 prospect from the state of California.
As of writing, Kentucky has not yet offered Makur a scholarship.
However, the Wildcats certainly appear to be a team of interest to Makur. Per the Herald-Leader, he identified Kentucky as one of the schools he hopes to visit in the near future.
He does, however, have scholarship offers from a number of west coast teams including USC, Oregon, and UCLA, as well as Alabama.
Unlike Makur's cousin Thon, it certainly looks like he's going to give college basketball a try.