Not since  NBA 2K17 MT Coins  instituted a rule in the 2005 Collective Bargaining Agreement that U.S. players be at least 19 and one year removed from the graduation of their high school class, has a player made the leap from preps to the NBA. But Maker's case was open to interpretation.

He turned 19 in February and argued he actually earned his high school diploma in 2015, even though he spent a fifth year at Athlete Institute Prep in Mono, Ontario, about 90 minutes from Toronto.

He previously attended high schools in Louisiana and Virginia and when asked exactly how many places he has lived, he paused and shook his head.

"I don't know," Maker said. "Do your research."

The list starts with his birth in South Sudan and includes seven years in Australia before coming to North America. And no matter where he winds up playing, Maker figures there is at least one thing that won't faze him.

"There is not a weather condition that I haven't been in," Maker said. "It can't get any worse than Canada."

He said he has met with about 12 teams, including Boston, Charlotte, the Lakers, Portland and Oklahoma City.

Had he decided to go to college, he said he would have chosen among Arizona State, Kansas, Indiana and St. John's.

"Those are really good schools and it's not just because of basketball," he said. "I would have had to lean on my family for that one."

Maker believes he has a wide range of skills to make it in the NBA even though he is viewed as more of a project than a finished product. He insisted a team taking him will wind up with a "great player, a   ."