Notre Dame Battling Indiana, Arizona State And Kentucky For 5-star Prospect
Notre Dame officially has scheduled an in-home visit with Thon Maker, the 5-star, 7-foot, 2016 recruit out of the Athlete Institute Basketball Academy in Martinsville, Virginia.
Maker is ranked as the 8th best player and 2nd as a Power Forward in the 2016 class. He holds offers from Arizona State, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona, Duke, Georgetown, Louisville, Memphis, Miami (FL), Missouri, UNLV and Virginia. With 13 offers, the Irish decided to jump into the party and see if the 7-footer would want to come to South Bend.
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Ed Smith, Maker’s guardian, told SNY.tv, “He feels that Notre Dame’s academics, style of play, offensive efficiency, and player development will assist Thon in achieving all of his goals. He has not had an opportunity to work with an elite level player like Thon, at Notre Dame, but he has developed players who were not considered elite level talent into NBA lottery picks at Notre Dame. Furthermore he has worked with elite level players, such as Thon, at both DeMatha and Duke who stretched the floor before the term stretch 4.”
Maker seems to be interested in 5 schools: Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Arizona State, and Notre Dame. Kentucky is the most influential team in the running but as of now Arizona State and Indiana might have an upper hand by providing an opportunity other school have not jumped on yet. Both schools have offered his cousin Makur Maker who will be in the class of 2017.
The 247Sports Crystal Ball predicts that Maker will select Arizona State.
Notre Dame might have been late to the party but as of now Maker has only scheduled in-home visits with Arizona State and Notre Dame.
If Maker did happen to commit to Notre Dame, he would be one of, if not, the best recruit to come through South Bend in recent memory. Not to mention one of the best recruiting classes ND would have overall with Temple Gibbs Jr. already committed to the Irish.