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Thon Maker Declares for the 2016 NBA Draft

Then Maker, the 19-year-old, five-star prospect who already has one of the most unique basketball journeys ever will forgo college and declare for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Maker was born in Sudan, then moved to Australia and then briefly to the United States and finally ended up in Orangeville, Ontario where he would star at Athlete Institute.

The 7-footers versatility had college drooling over the past few years. Make can handle the ball, defend, shoot, post-up and block shots, but many experts believed he needed at least one year of college before going to the NBA.

Now the NBA has to determine if he is even eligible for the draft. Check out the details via the Bleacher Report:

Five-star recruit Thon Maker will declare for early entry into the 2016 NBA draft, which will require a ruling from the NBA to determine his eligibility.

“We believe that Thon has fulfilled the academic requirements to be eligible for the 2016 draft,” Edward Smith, Maker’s legal guardian, said to Bleacher Report. “He will apply for the 2016 NBA draft and await approval from the NBA.”

“Thon has been the hardest-working and the most astute kid I’ve coached in my 23 years of coaching,” Smith said. “I’m happy to have placed him in the position to have this choice.”

Jeff Borzello of ESPN.com provided more details to the eligibility questions surrounding Maker. NBA rules require players to be 19 years old and a year removed from high school. While Maker turned 19 in February, he attends Orangeville Prep in Canada. Essentially, the NBA has to buy the premise Maker was part of the 2015 class and did a post-graduate year for him to be eligible for the draft.

Borzello cited sources saying that said Maker would not get an answer regarding his eligibility until he actually declared for the draft. He is still waiting for the confirmation, as of Sunday.

Maker has been at Orangeville Prep the past two years after attending Metairie Park Country Day School in Louisiana for eighth grade and Carlisle School in Virginia for ninth and 10th grade.

Maker has been at Orangeville Prep the past two years after attending Metairie Park Country Day School in Louisiana for eighth grade and Carlisle School in Virginia for ninth and 10th grade.

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