NBA: 19-year-old HS Star Declares
With the one-and-done rule in effect, there aren't many players left in the NBA that came to the league via high school. But that may soon change.
In an announcement via Bleacher Report,19-year-old five star recruit, Thon Maker, confirmed his intentions to declare for the NBA draft.
The only question is whether or not he is eligible. NBA rules state that a player must be at least 19 years old and one year removed from high school in order to enter the draft. Maker turned 19 in February, but still attends Orangeville Prep. in Canada.
The 7-foot power forward, was born in South Sudan before moving to Australia. Maker's guardian, Ed Smith, brought him to the United States in eighth grade where he played high school in Louisiana and Virginia. Maker was considering Arizona State, Kansas, Notre Dame, St. John's and Indiana as far as college's go, but received recruiting offers from nearly everywhere.
Maker has quite the game as well. A post-up nightmare for defensive bigs, Maker has one of the most versatile skill set's in the high school game. He has a better game than many pro's as it is and he is still getting better. With a good post-up game and an even better jumper for a 7-footer, Maker has the ability to easily be a lottery pick. Something we haven't seen since Dwight Howard. His skill set is something we've really never seen. He can shoot it like Kevin Durant, facilitate like Lebron James, post up like Howard, and play defense like Anthony Davis. By the way, his brother, Matur, isn't to bad himself.
Maker is awaiting word from the NBA regarding his eligibility but couldn't get an answer until he officially declared. Word from the NBA is expected within the next week or so as Maker is set to start pre-draft workouts in the coming weeks.