One of the most coveted high school recruits in the country, 7’0 center Thon Maker walked away from his Monday visit with Coach Krzyzewski and Duke University very impressed. Although Maker did not personally make his thoughts on the visit public, his guardian, Ed Smith, had nothing but positive things to say regarding the star high schooler’s impressions.
“The visit was very good. Coach K has a professional approach that is personalized. Thon viewed video on past post and wing players, culminating with a longer segment on Jabari (Parker),” Smith said. “Coach K went into how they put their system in based on personnel and he felt excited about the prospect of teaching Thon how to be a better pro.”
Given the difficulty that many big men face bouncing back from injuries and maintaining their health, the strength and conditioning staff of whichever school Maker takes his talents to figures to be an important consideration in his decision-making process. Thon was also impressed with Duke on that front.
“They are cutting edge in their approach. The whole theme at Duke was about personalizing the entire experience so that the output for the player is conducive to long-term success,” Smith continued.
A multi-talented player with size, athleticism, and a diverse skill-set, Maker has garnered interest from several other top basketball programs, already receiving scholarship offers from Missouri, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, and Louisville. He will continue his recruitment this summer with visits to Indiana, Arizona, and Kentucky. Although he told Rivals in an interview that he does not have a top list, Maker’s visit to Duke seems to have made a strong impression on him, and that spells trouble for the rest of the ACC.