April 1, 2022
The five-part documentary series “The Long Game: Bigger Than Basketball,” chronicling the coming-of-age story of basketball phenom Makur Maker, will make its global debut April 22 on Apple TV+.
Seth Gordon (“Undefeated,” The King of Kong, “For All Mankind”) directs and executive produces the series, which follows Maker, the NBA hopeful who grabbed global headlines with his groundbreaking decision to forgo the NBA and play for Howard University, making him the highest-ranked high school player in the modern recruiting era to commit to a historically black university (HBCU). The docuseries is an intimate look at Maker’s life as a student-athlete with a dream of making it to the NBA, while unexpected physical challenges and a global pandemic threaten his college career.
Off the courts, “The Long Game: Bigger Than Basketball” explores how Maker’s journey from fleeing war-torn South Sudan as a child and his tight-knit support system led him to go to an HBCU, and in turn, allowed him to make an impactful statement in the wake of America’s cultural response to the Black Lives Matter movement.