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Basketball and social change collide in upcoming Apple TV+ 'Big Man on Campus'

Apple describes "Big Man on Campus" as the story of a historic moment in America told through the lens of a young athlete with the power to create change

Apple has announced an order for a documentary series for Apple TV+ about five-star basketball recruit Makur Maker.

"Big Man on Campus" will tell the story of Maker's freshman year based against the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic.

It will include insight into Maker's decision to play for Howard University. The high-level recruit made history by committing to a Historically Black College over top-tier NCAA programs.

Apple's description reads:

Balancing extraordinary pressures both on and off the court, and with the eyes of the nation focused on his every move, Maker's journey - from fleeing war-torn South Sudan as a child through to the movement he has sparked today - has put a face on the socio-political complexities of America during this unprecedented time.

Seth Gordon will direct and executive produce. He produced the 2011 documentary "Undefeated," which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Alongside Gordon, Nikki Calabrese, Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard, Sarina Roma and Jordan Wynn will executive produce.

Apple hasn't yet announced a premiere date.