There hasn’t been much Kentucky buzz surrounding the recruitment of five-star post player Thon Maker recently, but he told ESPNU on Thursday night that UK is among six schools recruiting him the hardest.
When asked for his list, Maker said the “schools that I’m interested in and are recruiting me the hardest” were Arizona State, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Notre Dame and St. John’s.
Arizona State, which recently hired Brian Merritt as an assistant coach, is now widely considered to be the favorite. Merritt is a former top official with John Lucas’ developmental camp system and was instrumental in getting Maker early exposure after the prospect moved to the United States from Australia several years ago.
Maker — a 7-footer now playing for a high school in Canada — is known for his highly versatile game that includes ball-handling and shooting skills not normally seen in players of his height.
He described his game as “pro-like,” and says he’s more fundamental than he gets credit for.
“The people that get the chance to see me — like on the Internet or YouTube or wherever they see it — they get the highlight-side of things. They don’t get the real thing,” Maker said. “They don’t see me setting solid picks. They don’t see my passing, how well I pass the ball. They don’t get a chance to see all that.”
Maker said he’s not planning to make a college decision any time soon. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 5 overall prospect in the class of 2016.