Thon Maker has been cleared to enter the NBA draft, the NBA confirmed.
ESPN’s Chad Ford was the first to report the news.
The 7-foot Maker was able to convince the NBA that he should eligible based on the rule that requires a player to be 19 years old during the year of the draft and one year removed from high school before declaring for the draft. Maker played a post-graduate year this season at Orangeville Prep in Ontario.
He has said he intends to hire an agent, meaning he will lose his college eligibility. Most draft analysts have Maker being a late first-round selection.
The Australian by way of the Sudan has only been playing organized basketball since 2011, and recognizes that there are parts of his game that still need to improve. That isn’t to say that he has questions about his ability to grow and emerge as a bona fide star in the NBA.
“I see myself more like KG on the blocks, but also being able to be used in multiple perimeter based actions. I see myself quarterbacking our defense and being a mismatch on offense. For me, I also have to be talking about making a run at an NBA championship or going deep into the playoffs.”