Thon Maker cleared to enter NBA Draft

Five-star center Thon Maker has been cleared to enter the NBA Draft, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford.

Thon Maker was just cleared by the NBA to enter the 2016 NBA Draft according to sources. Story coming …

— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) April 14, 2016

NBA ruled Thon Maker was one year removed from graduating from high school. He will hire an agent, ending his college eligibility

— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) April 14, 2016

Australian by way of Sudan, Maker is sure to be a mid-to-late first round pick now that he is draft-eligible. He has phenomenal size at 7-foot-1, 218 pounds and spent the past couple of years playing at Orangeville Prep in Canada.

As a recruit, Maker drew interest from a number of schools including Arizona State, Indiana, St. John’s, UNLV, Florida State, Indiana, Kansas and, of course, Kentucky. He is still a raw prospect, especially offensively, but he has the height and big enough hands to become a phenomenal NBA prospect.

Next for Maker will be the NBA Scouting Combine next month, followed by team workouts. Hopefully, he impresses enough there that his decision to hire an agent is not all for naught, as he has the chance to really set himself apart from the rest of the pack in this year’s draft class.

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