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Howard makes a massive jump in preseason KenPom rankings after Makur Maker commitment

Howard makes a massive jump in preseason KenPom rankings after Makur Maker commitment

The Howard men's basketball program was forever changed once 2020 five-star recruit Makur Maker announced his decision to play with the Bison next season

While this is a monumental step for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as a whole, this is also a really big deal for the current Howard program. 

Last season, Howard was 4-29 (1-15 MEAC). Only three of those wins were against Division I opponents. Literally they were one of the worst teams in college basketball.

But with Maker that will change things. Not only will they vault to title favorites in the MEAC, but their national profile and coverage will greatly improve. Already Ken Pomeroy, who is the developer behind one of the most trusted metrics in the sport (KenPom), has the Bison taking a huge step by simply adding the five-star center. 

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That meant Howard was going to be second-to-last in Division I for Pomeroy's preseason rankings this year. Going to 252nd gives them a 27% jump by the addition of a single player. 

That will be the largest jump by a player - ever, according to Pomeroy. 

All signs point to Howard being the class of the MEAC next season, but overall the quality of the league as a whole will improve with Maker. 

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Nike statement: 'Pleased' to see Redskins taking step towards name change

Nike statement: 'Pleased' to see Redskins taking step towards name change

Nike released a statement Friday saying it has shared concerns to the NFL with the name of the Washington Redskins footbal team.

"We have been talking to the NFL and sharing our concerns regarding the name of the Washington team. We are pleased to see the team taking a first step towards change," the statement read, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Nike is the last to release a statement of the three brands to have recently received a letter from investors requesting the company end its relationship with Washington unless the name is changed. FedEx released a statement Thursday and PepsiCo earlier Friday, voicing similar concerns.

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Washington's name and apparel had been purged from the Nike website as early as Thursday evening, though it's unclear when exactly Nike made the move.

With the current pressure from sponsors, it's become 'likely' the team does change the name, according to reports. Washington announced Friday morning that it would conduct a "thorough review" of the name.

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