Five-star power forward Thon Maker is one of the 2016 recruits that won’t sign during the early signing period, but there are a few schools starting to pursue the five-star prospect harder than others.
“Arizona State, Indiana and Notre Dame have been the strongest,” Maker's guardian Ed Smith told Scout.
The next step in Maker’s recruiting process is taking official visits. Maker has scheduled his first official for Arizona State the last weekend of January.
“We are looking to visit Arizona State for their game against Oregon,” Smith told Scout. “We play against Prolific in Napa and we’ll go from there and visit Arizona State at that time. I think that’s around the 29th.”
Since getting the Arizona State job, Bobby Hurley and his staff have targeted Maker.
“I saw coach Hurley during the NCAA tournament,” Smith said. “I think he has a good mind. He was a point guard at Duke and he was with Mike Brey and then there’s his father. The tree he’s coming from is a great basketball tree.”
“It all depends on their recruiting and how it goes and who else they land,” he added about ASU. “They have a good big that is going to be physical big in Jethro, which means Thon could play the four. They say they have some good pieces.”
In mid-September, Brey and one of his assistants at Notre Dame met with Maker and Smith for an in-home visit.
“That was very good,” Smith said. “Coach Brey and I go back for a while from the DC area. I know what type of coach he is and what type of person he is. You know how they play. He can maximize what Thon can do on the floor.”
Maker, who is regarded as Scout’s No. 5 overall prospect, doesn’t have a timeframe for making his college choice.
“We’ll see how it shakes up in April and where is the best place for him to be successful and help someone win,” Smith said.