It’s really confirmed! The most popular high school basketball player in America has decided to play another full season of high school basketball and graduate next June.
Thon Maker initially had said he would reclassify to the Class of 2015. There were also some considerations given to him to finish high school in December and play the last half of the college basketball season, but it didn’t just work out. According to the famous high school player, he was stressed out, so he decided to slow down and cut back a few things.
And to make it official, the 7-foot-tall Maker clarified those reclassification rumors and told a group of reporters, including NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster, that he’s definitely going to stay in high school and just play it out, take his visits in November, and play another year with his younger brother Matur.
Obviously, this big man who previously enrolled at Orangeville Prep in Ontario doesn’t want to take things too seriously. He just wanted to play the entire 2015-16 season as a high school player and (potentially) enroll in college after.
On the other hand, this Sudanese player has already started playing in the NBPA Top 100 Camp this week. And guess what? He’s been perhaps the best player in the event. Maker leads the camp in scoring at 17.8 points per game. In fact, he was particularly impressive in Thursday night’s camp win. The popular guy went for 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting (2-for-3 3-point) and hit numerous tough shots while also capturing seven good rebounds.
Well, this decision has just made Thon one of the best basketball prospects again. It seems that a few years from now, he could be a good professional basketball player like Kevin Durant to whom he was compared before. Who knows, his plan could later lead him to inking with one of these squads in the future: Kentucky, Indiana and Arizona State – all of which have been reported to eye him.
Indeed, the making of the future basketball legend Thon Maker is still in progress. Let’s wait for him to mature more and gain lots of experience in high school. His right time will come!