Five-star stud prospect Thon Maker opts to stay in 2016 high school class

Thon Maker earlier this week at the NBPA Top 100 Camp. (Getty Images)

After playing Thursday in Charlottesville, Va., at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, five-star recruit Thon Maker told reporters he’ll remain in the 2016 class.

“I’ll make it official here that I’m definitely going to stay and just play it out, take my visits in November, and play another year with my brother,” Maker told the media in Virginia. “So I’m definitely going to stay in 2016.”

It’s a big move for one of the biggest prospects still on the board. Maker is a gangly, talented big man whose potential has caught the eye of coaches in the past year and a half.

Standing 7 feet tall, the South Sudan native had previously announced he’d pursue the possibility of graduating this December in order to be eligible for the second semester of next season. But with that now off the table, this top 10 prospect will give the schools courting him — Arizona State, Kentucky, Louisville, Arizona, Indiana and Kansas — more time to try to reel him in. According to, who spoke to Maker’s legal guardian, Indiana and Arizona State appear to be the leaders for Maker at the moment.

Despite his center-like height, 247 Sports ranks Maker as the second best power forward in his class.

Video here of Maker speaking with the media, explaining why there were many factors that led to him staying in the 2016 class. Between schoolwork, improving his game and wanting to play with his brother, Matur, it all amounted to another year of playing for Orangeville Prep in Canada.


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