Elite prospect Thon Maker is leaning toward staying in class of 2016

Thon Maker is being pursued by elite programs, but might not play
college hoops until 2016. (Adidas)
Thon Maker is being pursued by elite programs, but might not play college hoops until 2016. (Adidas)

LAS VEGAS -- While most college basketball fans are awaiting Thon Maker's college decision, that's far off in the distance.

The elite 7-footer has two important choices to make -- and soon.

One of the biggest storylines in recruiting right now is the question regarding whether Maker will reclassify from the class of 2016 into 15. In terms of talent, Maker would immediately slot into the top five in the rising senior class, and perhaps even higher. He is also looking into whether he could make the cut academically.

While he is certainly capable of reclassifying, it might not happen.

"It's still up in the air," Maker told CBSSports.com and one other reporter on Friday evening. "But it's leaning toward staying [in 2016] a little bit."

The academics aren't quite aligned yet, and Maker is also not sure he is physically prepared to make the change.

"I love challenges, but I don't know," he said.

Maker attended Carlisle School (Va.) last year, but it's not a definite that he will return there in the fall. With reclassifying still a possibility, a school that would potentially enable him to make the move academically is a plus.

He wouldn't disclose which high schools were in the mix.

"I don't know where I'll be this coming year," Maker said. "It's just in the air right now."

And then there's the college decision process.

As one of the most sought-after prospects in the country, Maker has every powerhouse in the country on his trail. He visited Kansas, Missouri and Duke in June.

"Those were amazing," he said. "The Kansas visit lasted a little bit longer, but overall, they were all great visits. I got a little bit of run in at Duke with the players."

Other schools involved include Kentucky, Indiana, Memphis, Texas, North Carolina State and Arizona, while Maker also plans to see UCLA while at Adidas Nations in August.

Maker, a talented and skilled forward, is ranked No. 3 in the 247Sports Composite.

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