Kentucky recruit Thon Maker
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Seven-footer Thon Maker remained ESPN’s No. 1 prospect for the class of 2016 in the updated rankings that were released Wednesday.
Maker — a native of Africa who plays for a high school in Virginia — has been in recent contact with Kentucky and already has scholarship offers from many of the nation’s top programs. His guardian, Edward Smith, told the Herald-Leader last month that UK assistant Kenny Payne had called him recently and said that John Calipari would be calling soon, possibly with a UK scholarship offer.
Smith also said it was possible that Maker could reclassify to 2015, which would allow him to play college basketball a year earlier.
Detroit forward Josh Jackson, St. Louis wing Jayson Tatum, Arkansas guard Malik Monk and North Carolina power forward Harry Giles round out the new top five from ESPN.
Tatum and Giles have already received scholarship offers from Kentucky, and both players visited Lexington for Big Blue Madness last October.
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