Howard University center Makur Maker this week said that he is comfortable playing in any role at the next level, and can contribute in a variety of different ways.
Maker, who became the highest-ranked player to commit to a historically Black college or university, declared for the draft in May and opted to keep his name in past the early-entry deadline on July 7. He initially declared without signing an agent.
The 6-foot-11 native of Sudan played in two games with Howard last season, averaging 11.5 points, six rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot. The Bison played five games prior to shutting down their season due to issues related to the coronavirus.
Despite a small sample size, Maker believes he is a very versatile player.
“I take pride in my skill,” Maker said on Monday after working out with the Denver Nuggets. “I do my ball-handling, shooting and passing every day. I think I’m very versatile. I’m comfortable wherever Coach puts me on the floor. I can defend the pick and roll, contain the guards, hit the open 3 and just have fun while playing basketball. I just go out there and hoop.”
Maker is considered to be an above-average playmaker for his size given his ability to handle the ball and get out in transition. He is just trying to showcase his overall game to teams during the pre-draft process after playing just two games last season.
In addition to the Nuggets, Maker has also worked out with the Charlotte Hornets and Houston Rockets, and reportedly has one scheduled next week with the Dallas Mavericks. He also participated in the combine last month, measuring in with nearly a 7-foot-2 wingspan.
The NBA draft is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 29.
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