Maker sees UCLA
With adidas Nations just outside of Los Angeles, the UCLA coaching staff was able to get a number of key targets to their campus for unofficial visits on Tuesday and Wednesday. Jaylen Brown and Brandon Ingram were among the known visitors, but Thon Maker, a 7-footer out of Martinsville (Va.) Carlisle School, also made a trip to UCLA’s campus following the adidas event. “They just picked it up,” Maker’s guardian – Ed Smith – said about UCLA’s recruitment of Maker. “[David] Grace is the point man.” While it was a brief unofficial visit, according to Smith, it certainly put UCLA in the mix. Among the other schools recruiting Maker hard are Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina State, Georgetown, Indiana and Duke. “The UCLA visit went well,” Smith said. “It was short. Coach [Steve] Alford feels that they have a good shot at pushing for National Championships in the next several years.” “He spoke about the LA market from a branding and competition perspective and how successful UCLA and the PAC 12 as a league has been in producing NBA ready pros,” he added. “He also spoke about individualized development each player.” Smith said they don’t intend to take any other trips in the near future. They also visited Kansas, Missouri and Duke in June. There’s been talk about the possibility of Maker reclassifying to the 2016 class and while there hasn’t been a final decision, he says he may stay with his current class. “It’s still the same,” Smith said. “Looks more like 2016.” A five-star prospect, Maker currently ranks No. 4 overall in the 2016 class.
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