Thon Maker not considering jump overseas

HYATTSVILLE, Md. – Don’t expect Thon Maker to be the next Emmanuel Mudiay.

Ever since Mudiay announced he was going to play professionally in China instead of attending SMU, there has been debate whether the star guard was starting a trend.

In Maker’s case, it appears unlikely.

“No. Not at all,” Maker said when asked if playing overseas for one season was an appealing option.

Maker, a 7-foot center who now plays at Orangeville Prep in Canada, is a five-star prospect in the class of 2016. He was born in the South Sudan before moving to Australia for seven years. When Maker began playing basketball, he moved to the United States and has attended multiple high schools since arriving in the States.

Because of his unique skill set and immense potential, Maker is a likely lottery pick whenever he decides to enter the NBA draft. But he made it clear he wants to spend time in college before making that move.

“I’ve been watching college ball for awhile, and it just causes me to think about that, reclassifying,” Maker told ESPN.com. “So I can get ready for college ball. But so far it’s been, ‘Get ready, get ready, get ready. Have your body ready.’ So as soon as I decide whether I’m reclassifying or not, I’m finally playing college ball – not [just] watching it.”

Maker is being recruited by most of the sport’s biggest programs. He and his Orangeville teammates toured the Maryland campus while in the area for this past weekend’s National High School Hoops Festival. Maker also has visited Kansas, Missouri, Duke, Kentucky and Louisville, while Indiana is among the other schools in pursuit.

As for the possibility of reclassifying, Maker said he would know more in January – when his semester ends and he can assess how much more work he would have to do in order to join the 2015 class.