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Recruiting Roundup: Handful of Schools Working Hardest for Thon Maker; Duke Offers Thornton; Arizona Offers Tucker, Coffey
A handful of schools are working hardest for Thon Maker, the 7-footer ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2016, according to his guardian, Ed Smith.
Kentucky, Indiana, Kansas, Stanford, Missouri and Maryland are recruiting Maker the “heaviest,” Smith told Steve Jones of the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Now at Athlete Institute in Canada, Maker is currently in the Class of 2016 and has yet to decide whether he will reclass to 2015, which would make him eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a lean thing (one way or the other),” Smith said. “If you’re physically ready and have finished your core (academic) work, you can move up, but there’s no need to rush in terms of this whole thing.”
Smith also said John Calipari’s Kentucky combine made an impression, and that Kentucky could be a future landing spot for Maker.
“There are programs that have dealt with players such as Thon,” Smith said. “I think what you do is (look at) the experience of the coach and the experience of the situation, and (Kentucky) gives him an opportunity to be under the wings that type of leadership. That’s one of the aspects that attracts Thon.”
Indiana assistant Chuck Martin is also working hard for Maker.
“Chuck’s a really good guy. He’s really personable,” Smith said. “He gives you a lot of insight (into the NBA). He doesn’t slam you (by calling too much). … I think he understands the process.”
**Florida Gulf Coast got a commitment from Elijah Long, a point guard from CIA Bounce and Maryland John Carroll, who averaged 9.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists on the Nike EYBL circuit.
**Arizona on Monday offered 2017 White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac wing Jordan Tucker and 2016 Hopkins (MN) shooting guard Amir Coffey. The 6-7 Tucker recently added offers from Syracuse and UConn, and will visit Syracuse this weekend for Orange Madness.
**Duke offered 2016 Findlay Prep point guard Derryck Thornton after Coach K, Jeff Capel and Jon Scheyer visited him at school, Findlay head coach Andy Johnson confirmed to SNY.tv after Reggie Rankin of ESPN reported it. Thornton is expected to cut his list soon and is also considering Kentucky, UNLV, Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida, Louisville, USC, UCLA, Arizona, Connecticut, California and Miami.
**Providence offered Seton Hall (N.J.) Prep guard T.J. Gibbs and he will visit this weekend.
**2016 guard Kyle Guy of Lawrence Central (IN) visited Xavier Monday and will visit Virginia this weekend, according to Harrison Malkin.
**2016 Patrick School (N.J.) point guard Bryce Aiken visited Seton Hall on Monday.
**2015 St. Anthony forward Markis McDuffie visits Boston College this weekend and SMU next weekend after already having seen VCU and Wichita State, his dad told SNY.tv.
**Mater Dei (CA) point guard Jaylen Hands will take unofficials this weekend to UCLA and USC, according to @FullTimeHoops1.
(Photo: Gregory Payan, AP)
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.