A few weeks ago, we brought you the story of Thon Maker, a young 7-foot-3 phenom from Sudan who’s been playing high school ball at the Athlete’s Institute in Ontario. Believing he had met the NBA’s requirements to jump from prep school to the NBA, Maker officially asked to be granted early entry so he could be eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft. Today, he got the green light on that request.
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ESPN’s Chad Ford reports that Maker was cleared by the league to participate in the upcoming draft, which is scheduled for June 23. Maker will hire an agent, forgo college and leap right into the Big Show, where his prospects remain to be seen. Even if he is drafted, many experts think he will need at least a year in the D-League to hone his raw abilities.
With his combination of shooting, dribbling and post play, Maker is certainly talented enough to attract attention from teams picking late in the first round or early in the second. We’re intrigued to see where he lands.