When former Blue Devil Kenny Blakeney took the Howard job we were excited for him and the school. He had a tough first year though finishing just 4-29.
There was a lot of off-season excitement though, highly unusual during the pandemic: Howard got a commitment from Makur Maker.
A 5-Star center who entertained offers from schools like Kentucky, UCLA, and Memphis, he wanted to go to an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities for anyone who doesn't know the acronym).
Blakeney also got Indiana transfer Nojel Eastern which was a big deal.
Unfortunately, Howard has only been able to play five games so far due to the pandemic and is just 1-4 and Maker has a groin injury and has been shut down indefinitely.
Still, there’s a lot of buzz around the program and that continued this week when Blakeney got a commitment from well regarded Bryce Harris of Greensboro.
A 6-6 forward seen as a 4-star player, Harris comes from a family with a lot of history at HCBU schools.
Between the pandemic and Maker’s injury, Blakeney hasn’t been able to build off of his recruiting success so we may have to wait a year or so before we know what he’s got. And Maker could decide to leave for professional basketball after the season.
Either way though, Blakeney is taking Howard where it has rarely been and it’s going to be really interesting to see what happens next.