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2020 five-star recruit Makur Maker commits to Howard

2020 five-star recruit Makur Maker commits to Howard

When five-star big man Makur Maker announced his final four schools Thursday and Howard University was on the list, it certainly raised some eyebrows. Now, it appears Howard has landed one of the biggest recruits in its history. 

Maker tweeted early Friday morning that he had committed to Howard and head coach Kenny Blakeney over UCLA, Kentucky and Memphis.

"I was the first to announce my visit to Howard & others started to dream “what if,'" Maker wrote. "I need to make the HBCU movement real so that others will follow. I hope I inspire guys like Mikey Williams to join me on this journey. I am committing to Howard U & coach Kenny Blakeney."

Top high school recruits such as Maker and 2023 five-star Mikey Williams are the first to show real interest in playing their college ball at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Maker is the first of his caliber to make a commitment amid a worldwide movement against the systematic oppression of Black people. 

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Maker, the brother of Pistons big man Thon Maker, is the 18th-ranked 2020 recruit in the nation according to 247sports. The 6'11, 235-pound big man is known for his blend of size, mobility and perimeter skills at the center position.

Maker was born in Kenya and immigrated to Australia when he was one year old. He then played high school basketball at multiple schools in California before playing his final season at Hillcrest Prep Academy in Phoenix, AZ. 

Maker will join a program in need of a boost in talent. Howard went 4-29 last season and will surely improve with their newest addition. But perhaps Maker's decision will have a bigger impact on college basketball moving forward. As top recruits begin to consider avenues outside the traditional powerhouse programs, the game's landscape could look a lot different in a few years.

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Maryland basketball surprises walk-on senior Reese Mona with scholarship, quarantine style

Maryland basketball surprises walk-on senior Reese Mona with scholarship, quarantine style

It's become one of the best traditions in all of college sports.

A walk-on member of the sports program is rewarded for his dedication and hard work by being added to the list of scholarships for the team, with the announcement typically coming in a surprising and tear-jerking fashion.

Maryland basketball senior guard Reese Mona became the latest recipient of the honor, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, he found out through a Zoom with all his teammates. The most "2020" way of announcing a scholarship, the moment was still a special one

The Terps had the scholarship to give away due to their struggles in the transfer portal over the last several months. However, it's better to just focus on the positives here.

Mona, a local product from La Plata, Md., has appeared in 32 games during his Terrapin career. Off the court, he's twice been an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Even if he's never filled up the stat sheet, Mona has always been a part of the culture within Maryland's locker room since walked on for the 2017-18 season. That constant positive attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to help the team allowed him to earn a moment he'll never forget.

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Maryland Football 2020 season schedule released

Maryland Football 2020 season schedule released

Monday, news dropped that an amended Big Ten schedule had been completed and was set to release some time this week. That time has finally arrived. 

Take a look at the road ahead for the Maryland Terrapins. 

FULL SCHEDULE

September 5: @ Iowa

September 12: Michigan State

September 19: Rutgers

September 26: @ Northwestern

October 3: Wisconsin

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October 10: Bye

October 17: @ Penn State

October 24: @ Indiana

October 31: Ohio State

November 7: @ Michigan

November 14: Bye

November 21: Minnesota

Maryland's on pace to get things started extremely soon as preseason camp begins on Friday. August 7. So far, there have been no noted outbreaks of the coronavirus on campus among athletes. Big 10 rivals Rutgers and Michigan State have not been so lucky. It leaves everything still in a state of uncertainty. But if the football season does begin on time, the Terrapins know who and when they are playing. 

Maryland also announced on Wednesday that it is also preparing to begin the season with no fans in attendance. 

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