5-Star Prospect Thon Maker Will Declare for 2016 NBA Draft

Five-star power forward recruit Thon Maker announced Sunday that he plans to declare for the 2016 NBA draft.

Maker made the announcement via a Bleacher Report video, and sources confirmed to ESPN that Maker and his circle have been exploring the option for a while.

“We believe that Thon has fulfilled the academic requirements to be eligible for the 2016 draft,” Edward Smith, Maker’s legal guardian, said to Bleacher Report. “He will apply for the 2016 NBA draft and await approval from the NBA.”

“Thon has been the hardest-working and the most astute kid I’ve coached in my 23 years of coaching,” Smith said. “I’m happy to have placed him in the position to have this choice.”

NBA rules require players to be 19 years old and a year removed from high school.

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