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After intending move to 2015, Thon Maker opts to remain in 2016 class

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Elite prospect Thon Maker will now graduate with the Class of 2016 after announcing in the winter he planned on moving up to the 2015 class.

"I'm definitely going to stay and play it out," Maker told reporters at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

Maker, a 7-foot center originally from South Sudan, will return to Orangeville Prep (Canada) for his final season. He also explored the prospect of graduating in December and enrolling at a college for the second semester.

A big factor in Maker's decision to move back to 2016 was the opportunity to play with his brother, Matur, who is a talented 2017 prospect.

"I had to ask, 'What do you want to do?'" Ed Smith, Maker's guardian, told ESPN.com. "And he said he wants to play with his brother."

Maker has completed all his core classes, according to Smith. He will take his SATs in the fall.

"It's helped him tremendously," Smith said of the decision. "Going into the Hoop Summit [in April], he was staying up until two, three o'clock in the morning. He wasn't playing well. Once he knew [moving back to 2016] was a possibility, he got back into a rhythm. He's feeling good. He's playing really, really well right now."

Maker is averaging 15.0 points and 9.5 rebounds through the first day here at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Virginia, re-establishing himself as one of the best players in high school basketball.

Smith said Indiana and Arizona State have been the two schools in consistent contact with Maker.

"We'll take visits in the fall and see how everything plays out," Smith said.