Thon Maker now part of 2016 class, will still play college basketball

Friday June 19th, 2015

Canadian basketball recruit Thon Maker, a seven-foot center formerly classified in the 2015 college basketball recruiting class, will stay in high school for one more year and graduate as part of the 2016 recruiting class, according to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader had ranked Maker as the 14th best prospect in the 2015 class, and he was already projected on several 2016 NBA draft boards. 

“I tried to get in the 2015 class. It just didn’t work out, so I’m going to stay,” Maker said, referencing Orangeville (Ont.) Prep where he played during the 2015 season.

“I’ll make it official here that I’ll stay (in 2016) and just play it out. Take my visits in November and play another year with my brother.”

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Maker also confirmed that he will definitely play college basketball for at least one season before declaring for the NBA.

With his reclassification, the seven-foot Maker becomes the tallest prospect among the top 50 recruits in the 2016 class. 

Kentucky, Indiana and Arizona State are thought to be the leaders in his recruitment, although Maker has not released a list of schools yet. 

- Will Green

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