UK’s Calipari and Payne visit with recruit Sunday

 Posted by at 10:03 PM on April 14, 2019
Apr 142019

Originally scheduled to visit with five-star recruit Matthew Hurt on Sunday, UK coaches John Calipari and Kenny Payne instead had an in-home visit with Makur Maker, a fast-rising prospect in the 2020 class.

Maker — a 7-foot prospect — is the cousin of NBA player and former five-star recruit Thon Maker, and UK started expressing interest in the high school junior earlier this season. ranks Maker, who attends high school in California, as the No. 15 overall prospect in the 2020 class.

“At least in the class of 2020, I don’t see many guys that are as unique as him, in terms of, ‘Who’s a guy that plays a position that does a lot of things that other dudes don’t do?’” national analyst Eric Bossi told the Herald-Leader recently. “He’s every bit of 7 feet, so he’s got to be a center, to me. He handles the ball very, very well. He can step out and legitimately shoot the three. He can run the floor. He’s not like a skywalker or anything like that, but he’s 7-feet tall and has a 7-foot-6, 7-foot-7 wingspan, so how high do you need to jump when you’re that big?

“He’s just different to me. I love watching the way he can get from one rim to another. He can keep up with a fast-pace game. He’s unique.”

Calipari had planned to visit with Hurt on Sunday, but the five-star forward from Minnesota called off all recruiting visits ahead of his college announcement Friday, according to the NBC affiliate in his hometown. Hurt is widely expected to pick Duke.


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