Thon Maker has decided to petition the NBA to allow him to skip college basketball and enter his name in the 2016 NBA Draft.

“We believe that Thon has fulf

illed the academic requirements to be eligible for the 2016 Draft," Edward Smith, Maker's legal guardian, told Bleacher Report. "He will apply for the 2016 NBA Draft and await approval from the NBA.”

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It was widely speculated that Maker would end up at Kentucky or Kansas back in January when he said he would make his college decision by April. But things had gone strangely quiet surrounding his recruiting.

Maker, 19, was born in Sudan and plays high school basketball in Canada, so he shouldn't have a problem forgoing NCAA basketball. The rule states that a player must either be 19 years old or have completed one year of college to enter the draft. In Maker's case, he would qualify for foreign entry into the draft because he did not finish high school in the United States.

Maker has been talking with the NBA for a while, according to, and will skip the Nike Hoop Summit to begin individual workouts. It's believed the NBA will inform Maker of its decision this week.

As a 7-0 power forward who can score and block shots, Maker profiles as a top-five pick.