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Wizards sign Makur Maker with plans to send him to the G League

After playing two games with Howard in 2020, Makur Maker continued his basketball career overseas. (Gregory Payan/AP)

Makur Maker, who made waves in 2020 as the highest-ranked prospect in the modern era to commit to a historically Black school, signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Washington Wizards. The center will participate in training camp next month and then join the Wizards’ G League affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go, according to a person with knowledge of the team’s plans.

An Exhibit 10 contract is a one-year, minimum salary deal that can be converted into a two-way contract before the regular season starts.

Maker, 21, has had an unconventional career trajectory but is a well-regarded center at 6-foot-11.

He most recently showed flashes of promise while playing for the Chicago Bulls during the NBA Summer League and before that helped the Sydney Kings win their fourth title in National Basketball League.

Maker was a top-20 prospect in the Class of 2020 who made headlines when he signed with Howard despite receiving scholarship offers from Kentucky, Memphis and UCLA. He played just two games with the Bison because of a groin injury before Howard shut down its 2020-21 season with coronavirus pandemic-related issues.

Maker went undrafted in 2021 but opted to train with former NBA guard Darren Collison in Los Angeles rather than return to college. Born in Kenya to South Sudanese parents but reared in Australia, he is the cousin of former NBA center Thon Maker.

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