During the summer months, college basketball programs play host to dozens of recruits on unofficial campus visits. But here’s one to whom you might want to pay attention.
Thon Maker, a 7-foot forward in the class of 2016, took an unofficial visit to Kansas on Monday, Rivals.com reported. Maker, who attends the Martinsville (Va.) Carlisle School, is expected to drop in at Missouri on Tuesday.
Why is this big? Well, for one, it’s rare that you see a recruit do the Kansas-Missouri double visit. And Maker is the No. 3 ranked player in the class of 2016 and still considering a re-classification into the high school class of 2015, which would put him on a college campus in 2015. For now, he’s still deciding on when to leave high school.
"There's a lot that goes into that," Maker told reporters at the NBPA Top 100 camp last week. "You have to see what you have to go up against and you have less time for academics and getting your game ready."
Because of his size and advanced skills, Maker drew early comparisons to Kevin Durant — comparisons that don’t quite hold up upon further inspection. But comparisons aside, Maker will remain one of the most coveted players in the country for as long as he stays in high school.
A native of the Sudan, Maker spent part of his childhood in Australia and played soccer as a young kid, just like former Kansas center Joel Embiid, who grew up in Cameroon. He already has offers from Arizona, Duke, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Missouri and Louisville, among others. Maker will also be on campus at Missouri just one day after new coach Kim Anderson filled out his coaching staff by hiring Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford as an assistant coach.
To this point, Maker has rarely spoken publically about specific schools or the process of his recruitment. It doesn’t appear that is changing anytime soon.
"I don't have a top list or anything,” Maker told Rivals. “And I do need to think about starting to narrow it down some to keep up with everybody that wants to talk.
“If I reclassify then I will have to narrow it down much quicker."