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Thon Maker Expected to Make Reclassification Decision Next Week
Thon Maker, the 7-footer from Orangeville Prep in Ontario, is expected to make a decision on reclassification next week, his guardian Ed Smith told SNY.tv on Wednesday.
Maker’s decision could have a profound impact not only on the recruiting landscape in the Class of 2015 but potentially on the 2016 NBA Draft, too.
“The beginning of next week when we get back from the tournament [in Rhode Island], I’ll have everything,” Smith said Wednesday by phone.
Orangeville Prep will compete this weekend in the National Prep School Invitational in Providence.
Smith said Maker finished his classes a week ago and they are awaiting the results on his grades.
“They just finished a week ago so all the grades will be finalized and then they’re going to give me something next week to let me know what the timeline is for him,” Smith said. “It won’t be any later than Wednesday because we’ll get back Sunday or Monday and I’ll get to the school probably on Tuesday.”
Smith previously told SNY.tv that if Maker does reclass, he will definitely visit Kentucky and Kansas, and possibly other schools as well.
Smith also indicated he would sit down with the NCAA to make sure that Maker is likely to pass through the NCAA Clearinghouse. If not, he would consider following Emmanuel Mudiay’s path and potentially playing in China or Europe.
ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla has compared Maker to both Kevin Garnett and Kevin Durant.
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.
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