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Saturday / August 13.
  • Kentucky Visits 7-Footer Thon Maker (UPDATED)

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    thonmaker-2-634x840Following Kentucky’s win over Georgia on Tuesday night, assistant coach Barry “Slice” Rohrssen tripped North of the border on Wednesday to see 7-footer Thon Maker of Orangeville Prep.

    Maker went for 16 points and 9 rebounds as Orangeville Prep crushed Central Toronto, 106-54.

    Head coach Larry Blunt confirmed the visit after Evan Daniels of Scout first reported it.

    Maker recently postponed a visit to Kansas and said he planned to visit Indiana at some point. Ed Smith, Maker’s guardian, recently told SNY.tv that Kentucky and Kansas would likely get visits if Maker reclassed.

    The 7-foot, 211-pound Maker also says he’s “70 percent” that he will reclass to 2015, making him eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft.

    “The messages were in the hundreds, in terms of college coaches and media reaching out to see what was going on,” Maker’s guardian, Ed Smith, told Franklyn Calle of Slam in this story. “It was a little bit of a firestorm for Thon, [head] Coach [Larry] Blunt and myself. [Assistant coach] Chuck Martin of Indiana was on it quick. He was the first college coach to reach out. And then [assistant coach] Kurtis Townsend of Kansas was next just moments later.”

    Maker is now projected as the No. 10 pick in the 2016 Draft by DraftExpress.com.

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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.