Howard Hoops

By Jordan Jake

February 14, 2021

Howard University athletic officials declared Tuesday that the rest of the school's men's basketball season will be canceled out of an abundance of caution due to the health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bison were 1-4 and had not played since their last game took place at home on Dec. 18 when it picked up an 81-76 win over rival Hampton.

It has had nine games postponed or canceled, with its next contest scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13 against Delaware State.

"We had several team members test positive in January, and were forced to place the program on hold, cancel several games and finally cancel our season" coach Kenneth Blakeney
said in an announcement. "It was and remains the right thing for us to do. Ultimately, our number one priority is to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes, both mentally
and physically. Canceling the season is in the best interest of the team at this time."

"Fortunately, this gives our student-athletes the opportunity to finish their academic year strong while demonstrating their resiliency upon their return" Blakeney said. "We are Bison Strong; we will get through this together."
Coach Kenneth Blakeney, Howard University

The cancelation of Howard's season creates an un-ceremonious finish to Makur Maker'sfirst and most likely only season in the program. The five-star center made headlines in July when he committed to the Bison over offers from numerous prestigious programs. Hiscommitment was publicized being a monumental moment for HBCU basketball, but Makerappeared in just two games in November and had not played since because of a groin injury.

Notre Dame was scheduled to play at Howard on MLK day before that game was scrapped. Howard joins Bethune-Cookman and Maryland-Eastern Shore among the group of MEAC teams that have called off their seasons.