Five-star recruit and high school standout Thon Maker has been one of the most highly sought-after players by colleges over the course of his time at Orangeville District Secondary School in Canada. The 7-foot-1 product was projected as the No. 1 player in next year’s NBA Draft, but yesterday proved that he had a change of heart.
Maker announced on Sunday that he plans on declaring for the 2016 NBA Draft, although there is controversy surrounding his decision. NBA rules state that players have to be at least 19 years of age and one year removed from high school in order to enter the draft. This typically translates to a player doing at least one year of college. Maker has offers from Arizona State, Kansas, St. John’s, Notre Dame and Indiana.
In order to be eligible for the draft, Maker would have to convince the NBA that his latest season at Orangeville, which was his fifth, was a postgraduate year and that he was a member of the class of 2015.
He is expected to start predraft workouts in the coming weeks.