One of the nation’s elite high school basketball prospects, Thon Maker, announced via Twitter that he’s “on track to graduate this year,” which means the 7-foot-0 center will reclassify into the 2015 class.
Maker officially tweeted the news shortly after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning:
This decision comes as no surprise. The idea of the seven-footer reclassifying into the Class of 2015 has been floating around the high school and college basketball ranks since last summer. Over time, it was no longer a matter of if it would happen, but when.
Just last month, Maker’s guardian, Ed Smith, told ESPN.com that it’s been their goal to go through with the reclassification for a while.
“Thats what we’re trying to do,” Smith said. “We’ve been pretty forward with that.”
Maker, a South Sudan native who grew up in Australia, plays basketball at Orangeville Prep in Ontario, Canada.
Rivals rated him the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2016. Now that he’s reclassified, he ranks No. 5 in the Class of 2015 and has immediately become one of the most sought-after players in the nation.
There’s a long list of programs hoping to successfully land Maker’s services. Currently, Kentucky and Kansas are the favorites to win his commitment and have him suit up for them in the collegiate ranks next season. He’s visited Duke, Louisville, Missouri and Maryland. UCLA, Indiana and Wake Forest have also been involved in the recruiting process.
Maker recently spoke with ESPN.com and expressed that playing at the next level sooner rather than later is the main reason behind his decision.
“I’ve been watching college ball for a while,” he said. “And it just causes me to think about that, reclassifying. So I can get ready for college ball.”
“The college decision, I can’t wait for that. That’s what I’m really focused on.”
Although he’s now in position to play college ball as early as next fall, there remains speculation that it’s not a sure thing. Smith has discussed the possibility of Maker playing one year overseas before entering the 2016 NBA Draft. He could also stay at Orangeville for one more season as a postgraduate student and then enter his name in the draft.
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