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The latest on Thon Maker’s recruitment

Thon Maker

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The best player still available in the Class of 2015 is Thon Maker, a top ten player whose journey has been well-documented.

Maker is a native of Sudan. He grew up in Australia, began his high school career in places like Louisiana and Virginia, and has been in Canada for the last year as he works to complete his high school course work. And it’s that high school course work that will likely keep him off of a college campus until the winter.

Maker’s guardian, Ed Smith, said last week that the seven-footer would not be enrolling in college until at least December. He also said that Indiana and Arizona State are the two schools that are recruiting him the hardest, although he is still in touch with Kentucky, who is also recruiting Maker’s Orangeville Prep teammate Jamal Murray.

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 “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.”