High School Prep Star to Apply for the NBA Draft
There was once a glorious day when you could enter the NBA strait out of high school, but the suits didn't like the risk vs. reward and put a halt to the strait jump from high school to the NBA.
Now, the "one and done" is what most top NBA prospects do as they are forced to play one year of college basketball.
However, Thon Maker is trying to buck that trend and go strait from high school to the NBA once again.
His story and situation though are a bit different than others out there.
The 19 year old Thon Maker, is a Sudanese 7-footer who came to Canada via Australia and actually graduated high school in June of 2015 and is considered to be in his fifth year of high school.
The rule actually states in the NBA's collective bargaining agreement that “the player is or will be at least nineteen years of age during the calendar year in which the Draft is held, and, at least one NBA Season has elapsed since the player's graduation from high school.”
For that reason, Maker believes that his application will be approved and that he will be able to enter the 2016 NBA Draft.
According to CBS Sports, at the Nike Hoops Summit last year, Maker was considered somewhat of a disappointment at the annual showcase for the nations top prospects.
All that considered, his pure size and ceiling may be the reason he is drafted come June.