2016 power forward Thon Maker is applying for the NBA Draft, multiple sources told Scout.
Maker and his camp have internally discussed this idea for quite some time and have been in communication with the NBA. The NBA has yet to make a ruling in regards to his eligibility for the Draft. The Maker camp expects an answer as early as this week, sources told Scout.
Maker, who ranks as Scout's No. 5 overall prospect, was expected to participate in the Nike Hoop Summit, but instead withdrew from the event. Maker is expected to begin preparing as if he'll be eligible for the NBA Draft with Pure Sweat and pre-draft trainer Drew Hanlen.
In early February, Maker had a strong showing at the Basketball Without Borders event in Toronto, where he showcased his ability in front of a host of NBA executives and decision makers.
"Thon Maker is an athletic post with an extremely high motor," Scout National Analyst Josh Gershon said. "He's a tough and physical player who out-hustles opponents down the floor and is elite for his position in transition. He projects as a guy whose floor is a defensive and rebounding specialist.
"Maker is most comfortable facing up in the half court and scoring with his jumper and will need to continue to refine his back to the basket game," Gershon added. "He doesn't have elite upside on offense but his size, athleticism and ability to score on glass give him value. There's a limited ceiling to Maker, but he still has a pretty safe floor given all the ways he impacts the game at his size."
Maker has been considering a host of colleges including Arizona State, Kansas, Indiana, St. John's and Notre Dame.
Maker came to the United States just prior to the eighth grade from Australia. He played at multiple schools in the United States before moving to Canada and going to Athletes Institute.