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5-Star Recruit Makur Maker Updates His College Decision Timeline

A photo of a basketball ahead of a game between Oregon and Louisville.

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With the college basketball season months away from now, several schools are in pursuit of Makur Maker, a five-star recruit from the 2020 class. The hope for some these programs was that he'd reclassify in order to compete this fall.

Maker is the No. 13 overall recruit in the 2020 class, per 247Sports. His potential is off the charts, and it also doesn't hurt that his cousin Thon Maker plays in the NBA.

As of right now, Kentucky, UCLA, North Carolina, Auburn, Oregon, Alabama, USC, Washington State and Nevada have all shown interest in Maker.

This entire recruiting process for Maker is pretty unique, specifically because schools want him to play this fall. However, his legal guardian Ed Smith has made it known that the five-star center will wait for his time to come.

Smith broke the news that Maker will remain in the 2020 class.

Not only does it give Maker another year to develop his skillset, but it also gives him time to complete a few key courses.

From the Lexington Herald-Leader

Smith told the Herald-Leader that a move to 2019 — which would allow Makur to play college basketball this coming season — is not a possibility, even if they wanted to reclassify. According to his guardian, Makur still has two core classes to complete, in addition to a few necessary electives for high school graduation.

“So there’s no way he’s going to do it,” Smith said. “We’re deep in the summer. He’s not going to get it done. He’s not reclassifying.”

This decision won't affect all the interest that programs have in Maker.

Although there is some skepticism about whether or not Maker will play college basketball, all signs point to him going that route.

[Lexington Herald-Leader]