Three on Maker hardest

TIGARD, Ore. -- Thon Maker's guardian -- Ed Smith -- talked to Scout at the Nike Hoop Summit about his recruitment and his upcoming decisions.

Thon Maker still has some decisions to make. In mid-February, Maker announced that he was on track to graduate to be apart of the 2015 recruiting class. While that’s still a possibility, it hasn’t been decided when and where he will go to college.

Maker’s guardian – Ed Smith – told Scout at the Nike Hoop Summit on Thursday that there are three schools involved and there’s a chance he puts off going to college until the second semester next year.

Indiana, Kentucky and Kansas have been the three,” Smith said. “But we’ll finish in August at the earliest and December at the latest, so they’ll have to continue to recruit who they have to recruit.”

According to Smith, Maker wouldn’t mind spending more time playing high school ball with his brother – Matur Maker – and go to school for the second semester next year.

“I spoke to Thon and he said he was going to push, but if I have to finish I’d like to play with my brother a little bit,” he said. “I don’t want to rush him because I was rushing him to finish. It’s more on me. I was thinking, lets go on and get to college. I never asked him how he felt. He said, he feels like he wants to spend some time with Matur.”

“100-percent I’ll know he will be done with the school work by November,” he added. “But with August we can probably do it if we really try. We aren’t playing AAU for April. We might just do the Players Association camp and Ball is Life to go have some fun. After that he’s going to be in class working hard.”

Maker has already taken visits to Indiana, Kansas and Kentucky, but according to Smith they don’t currently have any other visited scheduled.

“Those three have been really hard on him,” he said.

Indiana received the last visit from Maker and Smith said they were impressed with the make up of the place.

“It was great,” he said. “There’s a feel to the place. I talked to Thon and he was like ‘wow.’ He could feel it.”

Maker and Smith took a trip to Kentucky as well. Smith said the professional feel to the Wildcats is what stands out.

“When you go to Rupp, that’s a big time feel,” he said.

“The pro side of things,” he added about Kentucky. “Those guys are doing what pros do.”

With Kansas, Smith said Bill Self is among the reasons Maker likes the Jayhawks.

“I like the high low situation that they run,” he said. “Bill Self is aggressive and one of those guys that empower a kid.”


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