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Friday / October 19.
  • Thon Maker Sets First Official for Arizona State, Kansas, Notre Dame Also in Works

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    Thon Maker has set his first official visit for Arizona State in late January, his guardian told

    “We are looking to visit Arizona State for their game against Oregon,” Ed Smith told Scout. “We play against Prolific in Napa and we’ll go from there and visit Arizona State at that time. I think that’s around the 29th.”

    On Thursday, Maker listed Arizona State, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Notre Dame and St. John’s as the schools recruiting him the hardest.

    Maker will choose a college in the spring and is also hoping to take official visits to Kansas and Notre Dame, Smith told previously

    “As the season goes on, that’s what we look forward to do,” Maker recently told “Last year I got a chance to take a few visits on the road so I really want to do something like that again. I know I’ll definitely take a few, if not all my officials on the road also, but I don’t know any particular dates.”

    Maker visited Kansas last weekend unofficially and plans to return for an official.

    “[Kansas’] point guard Frank Mason is a Team Loaded guy and played under coach [Michael] Blackwell and Ty White so you know he’s cut tough,” Smith told of Kansas. “The other guard Devonte’ [Graham] can share it or score it. They lose a lot of their front line but got three big wings that can shoot and slash in [Brannen] Green, [Wayne] Selden, and [Sviatoslav] Mykhailiuk if they stay. For Thon it’s intriguing to see how the frontline shapes up, who stays, and how things play out with Cheick [Diallo].

    “Cheick is such a good kid and it was hard for Thon to watch him sit because they’ve battled in the past and both chase the same dream of playing in the NBA. Right now Thon is playing so well under coach [Brandon] Lesovsky so you want to go from positive to positive.”


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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.