While speaking to the Undefeated, Maker gave his reasons why he chose to attend Howard University. “The reason behind my decision? I dare to be different, and I always consider myself to be a leader. I want to change the current culture and climate that has kept five-star athletes like myself from viewing HBCUs as a viable choice,” he said. 

In addition to standing out, Maker also cites Howard’s rich history of alumni who have attended the school. “I saw that leaders like Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, writer Toni Morrison, Rep. Elijah Cummings, and Sen. Kamala Harris, entertainment moguls like Diddy, and also the first African American Nobel Prize winner Ralph Bunche, attended Howard,” he said. 

Anthony Anderson and Chadwick Boseman went there, and they’re two of my favorite actors,” he continued. 

“Then I began to dig into Howard’s history a little more and discovered there was a strong list of academics, politicians, singers, actors, civil rights activists and persons known around the world that all came from the same school.” 

Maker is ranked as one of the top 20 players coming out of high school, according to ESPN and Rivals. To read more about this story click here.  

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