There’s no better place than home for former Gilbert Hillcrest Prep five-star recruit Makur Maker to begin his professional basketball career.
The Brydens Lawyers Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League (NBL) in Makur’s native Australia announced Saturday that the 6-foot-11 center has signed with the team as part of the Next Stars program.
“We are ecstatic to have Makur joining the Kings family,” Sydney Kings CEO Chris Pongrass said in a team press release. “We identified Makur as a key addition to our program and were active in our pursuit of him for some time.
“It’s rare that you find an athletic 7-footer who can handle and shoot the ball like he can, but who is a fierce second line of defence as a rim protector; we feel he is the perfect complement to the pieces we already have in place.”
Maker, 20, is the cousin of five-year NBA journeyman center/power forward Thon…