Bucks draft Sudan native Thon Maker, 19, with 10th pick

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Friday, June 24, 2016

The Milwaukee Bucks chose 19-year-old Sudan native Thon Makerwith the No. 10 overall pick on Thursday night.

Maker is perhaps the most interesting man in the draft after taking a staggeringly circuitous route to the NBA with stops in Uganda, Australia, Louisiana, Virginia and Canada.

The 7-footer used a loophole to enter this year's draft; he was able to gain entrance despite not going to college or playing in Europe or Asia. Instead, his camp was able to successfully convince the NBA to see an additional year of prep school in Canada as being a postgraduate year.

He becomes the first teenager since 2005 to be drafted in the first round and leap directly to the pros without a season of college, international or Development League ball.

However, aside from his physical measurables, little is known about Maker's game.

He declined a chance to play at the NBA combine in Chicago, but participated in drills and exhibited good ball-handling and shooting skills for a 7-footer and set records for men 6-11 and over in the standing and max vertical.

"The concern for anyone is no one has ever seen him play," one scout told ESPN. "... I would say (he's a risk). The less you get to see, the less information you have, the increased risk you feel like there is."

Information from ESPN's Dana O'Neil contributed to this report.