Last week, we covered five-star forward Thon Maker and news regarding his recruitment. Today, there are little to no updates. Same as last week, Maker is still completing high school coursework and will not enroll in college until this coming winter.
Thon Maker's guardian tells ESPN that they're in most contact with Indiana and Arizona State.
Won't enroll in college until at least Dec.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) May 22, 2015
However, as Maker’s guardian told Rob Dauster of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk, the Sudanese-Australian has also been in touch with Kentucky, the John Calipari-coached team that has become known for landing the best recruits and putting out teams that consistently contend for championships. He has received offers from a myriad number of schools on top of Kentucky, Indiana and Arizona State, with programs like Georgetown, Florida, SMU and Kansas also having reached out to him, among many others.
There’s also the theory that Maker will not even play in a single college game and make the jump to the NBA right when his high school degree is done, since he is basically an international prospect.
There are quite a few people that don’t expect Maker, who is currently projected as the No. 28 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by Draft Express, to ever play a college basketball game. But at an Under Armor Association event that Maker played in over the weekend, his guardian said that Maker is considering all options, including spending a year and a half on campus.
“It’s hard to come in and miss the summer, miss the fall and come in mid-year,” Smith told ZagsBlog.com. “That’s ridiculous to try to come in and make a jump like that. If we go full year [beginning 2016-17], then he’s there for the whole year. There’s not a time clock on when he goes [to college] or when he doesn’t.”
Either way, Maker’s talent level is high enough that he is drawing interest from some of the top programs in the country and since he’s got a lot of adjustments to make given his skinny frame of 7’0″, 210 pounds, heading to school and building up his strength would be the best idea.
Campus Sports will update Maker’s decision as more information becomes available.
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