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Maker says decision to switch classes still up in the air

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- One of the most talked about players in the country, regardless of class, is class of 2016 big man Thon Maker. And he isn't heard from often. At the NBPA Top 100 camp, the No. 3 player in his class was available to the media and there was plenty to discuss with him.
A seven-footer from the Martinsville (Va.) Carlisle School, Maker has been rumored to be making a leap from the class of 2016 to 2015 for a while now. He said that the move is under consideration but that a final decision hasn't been made just yet.
"There's a lot that goes into that," said Maker. "You have to see what you have to go up against and you have less time for academics and getting your game ready."
Because of his size, athleticism and ability to maneuver up and down the floor, Maker has long been one of the most intriguing and fan friendly players to watch. At times, he's settled too easily for deep jumpers or tried to dribble too much, but now he is more about getting where he needs to be and making the game simpler rather than more difficult.
"I've gotten a lot stronger and I've narrowed down a few moves even if I don't get to show them every game," said Maker. "I'm learning to control myself and pace myself and I'm getting to my spots on the floor and getting in position."
Given his talent level, college coaches are lining up to recruit Maker. Getting Maker to speak about them in any kind of detail is another story. Several tried to get him to speak about one school or another and several were politely rebuked by Maker, who relented enough to say that he has spoken with John Calipari of Kentucky and assistants from Memphis and N.C. State recently. Beyond that, he was very non-committal and said that when he narrows things down could be tied into when he makes a decision on which class he will be in.
"I don't have a top list or anything and I do need to think about starting to narrow it down some to keep up with everybody that wants to talk," said Maker. "If I reclassify then I will have to narrow it down much quicker."
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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