Maker adds ASU, overseas not an option

Is Thon Maker considering going overseas? When will he go to school? Who is the newest school on his list? Scout caught up with Maker's mentor to get the latest.

Thon Maker’s reclassification, future college destination and even whether he will play college ball have been among the biggest storylines in high school hoops.

A 7-footer with unique skills and mobility, Maker, who ranks as a top 10 player, has built quite the fan following and has his pick of high major basketball programs.

But before Maker, a standout at Orangeville (Canada) Prep, picks his future school. He first must decide when he will go to college. He was planning to be a member of the 2015 class – and he still could be – and go to college in late August. But it looks like Maker could go to school during the second semester of the upcoming college season.

“It’s shaping up like it’s going to be mid-year,” Maker’s mentor Ed Smith told Scout. “It’s looking more and more like it’ll be that. He has his core done. That’ll be done on June 23. He’s fine in his core. It’s just getting the work done.”

“For our sake we are going step by step to see what makes sense for him,” he added. “If we can get a mid-year situation that’s good for him and he can walk in then we’ll go with a mid-year situation.”

According to Smith, there are currently four schools – Arizona State, Indiana, Kansas and Kentucky – under consideration. Maker has taken visits to all but Arizona State. He hasn’t and doesn’t plan to conduct any in-home visits in the near future.

While the Hoosiers, Jayhawks and Wildcats have been on Maker’s list for a long time, Arizona State was just added, due to a relationship with new assistant coach Brian Merritt.

“A good friend of mine was just hired at Arizona State in Brian Merritt,” Smith told Scout. “They have Bob Hurley from Buffalo and he won there with less talent. We spoke to Brian and we are going to look at them some.”

“We have a good relationship,” he added about Merritt, who has worked closely with John Lucas the past few years. “We’ve known Brian since Thon was in eighth grade with John Lucas. It’s all about speaking to coach Hurley, seeing what their interest is and seeing if a mid-year situation comes.”

Although a visit hasn’t been scheduled, he said Maker would consider taking a trip to Arizona State.

Another big topic surrounding Maker is where he will consider going the professional route instead of college. With Emmanuel Mudiay bolting to China last year, there’s been a lot of talk of that becoming a regular option for the nation’s elite.

“Just to clarify, the Europe and pro route is not something we are considering,” Smith told Scout.

“We haven’t been approached any teams yet,” he added. “There are always people that will tell you like, ‘so and so is interested in talking to you.’ I just try to just focused on one thing at time.”

Maker, a five-star prospect, is taking the spring off from playing AAU to focus on completing his school work. Maker recently competed in the Nike Hoop Summit and has plans to play at the NBPA Top 100 camp in June.

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