Five-star available post prospect Thon Maker participated in the prestigious Baskeball Without Borders event held in unison with NBA All-Star weekend.
Playing against the best young players from around the world, impressed NBA executives and scouts in attendance with his energetic style on the court. He plays with tremendous effort and rarely takes plays off.
“It’s a part of me,” Maker told Scout following the event. “I have to play hard at all times. It rubs off and makes my teammates better. Not taking plays off and just keep doing the basic things. It’s a part of me.”
Maker, a 7-foot prospect, also did a good job of running rim-to-rim and was factor on the defensive end. Maker blocked shots, played tough defense and attempted to rebound balls in and out of his area.
“I think I played OK, personally,” he said. “I got to go back and make some shots. I was making shots early on in practice and before I got here in the mornings, but then in the game I think I rushed my shot a little instead of taking my team.”
On the recruiting front, Maker said he’s put things on hold.
“I shut everything down for this camp and this weekend,” Maker said. “But other than that, it’s staying still.”
The next step for Maker is taking college visits. He said he’s waiting the results of his standardized test before he sets them up.
Although he’s yet to take an official visit, Maker said he’s looking to make his college choice in two months.
“That’s definitely in April,” he said.
There’s been talk that Maker, who ranks as the No. 5 prospect in Scout’s 2016 playing rankings, could pursue opportunities to play professional basketball overseas. Maker denies those claims.
“I’ve said it so many times, I’m definitely not going overseas,” Maker said.