19-year-old Australian Thon Maker is set to join Ben Simmons as a first round draft pick in the coming NBA draft, if the league declares him eligible. Five-star forward Thon Maker has taken a gutsy decision to skip his college career to enter the NBA scenario.
The teenager “giant’s” move will be unique, the NBA is expected to declare him draft eligible, as he will directly join NBA from the high-school level. Miller turned 19 in February, according to the ESPN, which makes him eligible for the draft. Another criteria is that the player concerned must be one year removed from high-school.
The Sudanese borne rising star has a frame of 2.16m makes him eligible as a first round draft pick, as reports the News.com. Maker is technically eligible as a draft pick for his decision to complete the fifth year in high school at Orangeville District Secondary School in Canada.
Earlier, the tall teenager was expected to play one year college basketball in America before declaring for the NBA draft.
Now, Thon Maker is set to join Ben Simmons as a first round draft pick in the coming NBA drafts, according to the NBA draft experts. The intriguing seven-footer has been making the rounds as the top high-school prospects for the last few years.
Jonathon Givony of Draft Express pointed out that the NBA never had to decide on an eligibility case as Makers. “The 19-year old Maker believes he has a strong case to be considered draft eligible, since he reportedly graduated high school in Canada in June of 2015, and is now technically in his fifth year of high school,” Givony reported.
Maker earlier announced his decision via a video in Bleacher Report.
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