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Thon Maker down to four, looking to enroll in the spring

Throw Arizona State into the equation for Thon Maker, joining Kentucky, Kansas and Indiana on Maker’s short list of schools. New Arizona State assistant coach Brian Merritt, a friend of Maker’s mentor, Ed Smith, has the Sun Devils in play with the three longtime contenders.

“We are going to look at them some,” Smith told Evan Daniels.

It’s now looking like Maker will play college basketball, though not as soon as he would like. Smith said the core classes are out of the way but there is still a lot of work to be done before Maker can reclassify.

It’s shaping up like it’s going to be mid-year,” said Smith. ““If we can get a mid-year situation that’s good for him and he can walk in then we’ll go with a mid-year situation.”

“Just to clarify, the Europe and pro route is not something we are considering.”

[ Makers adds ASU, overseas not an option]

Article written by Drew Franklin

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12 Comments for Thon Maker down to four, looking to enroll in the spring

  1. mccullou
    4:09 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

    That would make two possible midyear additions for us, if you count Tai Wynyard

  2. Mc12
    4:13 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

    That’s it. I’ve had it with this dump. Diallo following Ellis on Twitter, Maker listing IU as a finalist, Kentucky recruiting JuCo players and 3 star bigs, our pet’s head’s are falling off

    • PhilUK18
      4:32 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

      Good, go cheer for Louisville or Indiana, BBN doesn’t want or need you around anyway.

    • Mc12
      4:40 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

      Wow. That went over your head. I went to UK and am a huge fan. Good lord.

    • American Errorist
      4:43 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

      *sarcasm on* Good reply PhilUK18! You told his ass! *sarcasm off*

    • PhilUK18
      4:44 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

      Lots of negativity/trolling around here since the loss to Wisky, tough to tell sometimes. My bad.

    • Mc12
      4:44 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

      My point is everything put out there recently seems so gloomy, but things are going to be okay. Not much of what has been discussed recently in the recruiting world has been finalized yet everyone overreacts and is so sensitive. Calm down there buddy.

  3. UKani
    4:43 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

    Doesn’t the NBA require a full year of competition in a higher level?
    If Thon Maker came in mid-year wouldn’t that mean he has to come back next season before going to the NBA?
    Would the rules allow him to be Half Year and Done?

    • Dustin Rumbaugh
      5:01 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

      The rule is that a full NBA season has to pass after his graduation. So that would mean you are correct that he would have to wait until the following year’s draft. I believe he would currently qualify as an international player which would mean his only hurdle is becoming 19 years of age. However, he kills his international player status by enrolling in a US college.

    • J-Dub421
      5:01 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

      You are correct. If Maker enrolls in the Spring, he would end up playing for 1 1/2 years.

  4. Dustin Rumbaugh
    5:10 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

    Hmmmm….thinking about my statement above though….if he were to somehow graduate before the start of the next NBA season in the fall, which would probably occur since they were aiming for him to be a full season player, I wonder if he could be eligible? I’m not sure how the NBA or his Canadian school would use the term graduation if it occurred mid-year like that. I’d be willing to bet a mid-year graduation is credited as graduating when the rest of that year’s class gets their diploma. Not sure on that though.

  5. satcheluk
    6:49 pm April 21, 2015 Permalink

    Once the fall semester begins, you are classified as with that year. If you graduate in the summer, the previous year.