Maker debates move to 2015 class

TAVARES, Fla. -- Thon Maker, an elite prospect in the 2016 class, is debating on making a move to the 2015 class, according to his guardian Ed Smith. He spoke to about his status, recruitment and game.

Thon Maker made big news on the final spring stop of the adidas Gauntlet circuit this past weekend. Maker's guardian Ed Smith told that the elite post prospect is entertaining the idea of a move from the 2016 to the 2015 class.

"I think it depends on how he gains weight," Smith told "He's been slow to gain weight. He's gained in increments. When he got here he was 165. He's at 208, sometimes he's at 210."

"If we get to where he's around 220 or 225, then OK he can sustain that in college," he added. "But if he's still at a high school weight, you have to be honest with yourself and say ‘he needs time.'"

While it appears to be a likely option, that decision won't come from the Martinsville (Va.) Carlisle School standout for a few months. Maker is, however, already preparing for a potential move in the classroom.

"I think that decision will come maybe during his high school season," Smith said. "We'll of course make sure academically he will be ready to leave."

Maker is an elite post prospect
Whether he opts to stay in the 2016 class or move up to 2015, Maker will have plenty of college options.

"I think it's going well," Smith said of Maker's recruitment. "I think we have some consistency from some high level programs. Duke and I think Kansas have been hard on it. Kentucky has been here and there with it. I think Virginia is strong and has been in there."

"Then we have programs like Memphis, UNLV and Georgia Tech have been on it. SMU and Larry Brown have been on it. Louisville has been strong. Larry Brown has been calling, so has UConn."

Smith said they'd likely take visits to some local schools sometime in the near future.

"We're going to be able to go to schools like N.C. State, Duke and schools in the area that we're able to see," he said. "Indiana has been strong also. I've spoken to Tom Crean."

On the court, Maker is one of the best prospects in all of high school basketball. For a 7-footer, Maker can do some unique things. He's very mobile, plays with energy and has remarkable skill for his size and grade.

Maker is able to score on the block, step out and make jump shots, as well as attack defenders off the dribble. He's also quite effective on the defensive end, as he's quick off his feet and uses his length to get to shot attempts.

"I think he has a good mixture of where he starts on the block and moves to the elbows," Smith said. "He gets some jump hooks going and some counters going and then goes to the elbow, where he make that elbow jumper or rip and go."

A five-star prospect, Maker is currently ranked as the top center and the No. 3 overall prospect in the 2016 recruiting class.

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