Former IU target Thon Maker works out for the Pacers

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-

Most people know Thon Maker from his youtube mix tape that went viral in 2014.

But the 7 foot 19 year old wants to show NBA teams his fundamental skills, not just the flashy highlights he's known for on the internet.

So on Wednesday, as Maker participated in a Pacers pre-draft work out, that's exactly what he focused on.

"I just have to perform. The basketball side of things, that's what I have to worry about." Maker said after working out in front of the Larry Bird and new Pacers head coach Nate McMillan.

"Some teams are surprised by me, but some teams have people in their organization that have seen me in high school and they know what I can do. "

Last year the high school phenom was considering Indiana among other schools for college but then the NBA cleared him to enter the 2016 draft. As he enters the draft, Maker is the first player in 10 years to go from high school straight to the NBA.

"I've always wanted to play in the NBA and when I got the opportunity I said why not?" Maker told a crowd of media members Wednesday afternoon. "The other thing was that I didn't wanna risk sitting out once I decided to go to college."

Maker revealed that he did have his college decision narrowed down to four schools but he admitted the decision wouldn't have come easy.

"It would have been tough. It was between IU, Notre Dame, Arizona State and Kansas."

Maker has worked out for 5 teams so far, and most boards have him going late in the first round or the second round of the draft. Whichever round he falls to, the coveted high school player feels ready for the next step.

"I've gotten better. I've matured," Maker said. "Physically I've gotten stronger and I've gotten smarter."

The NBA draft is just 23 days away.

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