Just about every current NBA player attended a high class university before their time in the spotlight. In fact, some of the only high school stars in recent memory consist of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and LeBron James.
As of Sunday night, Canada High School recruit Thon Maker declared that he will throw his name into the NBA Draft pool. Originally from Sudan, Maker clocks in at about seven feet tall and 220 pounds.
According to Evan Daniels from Scout, Maker and his guardian Ed Smith believe that he has filled out every requirement necessary to be eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft.
The NBA states that an individual must be at least 19 years old and one year removed from high school.
According to 247 sports, Maker is ranked the number 17 prospect from the graduating class of 2016. Could Maker realistically go in this draft though?
After playing in the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit, Maker only was able to produce two points. Many believed that he would go on to college basketball, but it seems like declaring for the draft was the plan all along.
Instead of playing in the 2016 Hoops Summit, Maker will opt to produce individual draft workouts, according to Daniels.
Per 247 Sports, Maker would be ranked as 44th best player in the 2016 Draft if he becomes eligible.
The NBA will come out with a statement within the next couple days on Maker’s eligibility. Stay tuned for more details.