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Meet Thon Maker

Thon Maker, 7 ft Sophomore at Carlisle School, Va (247sports.com)

Meet Thon Maker, the 16-year-old, 7-foot, 200-pound center with extremely advanced skill. Maker is originally from Sudan but was sent to Australia by his family at age 5 for a better education. After being discovered by coach Edward Smith, Maker moved to the United States to pursue basketball. He now lives in Martinsville, VA and attends the Carlisle School. Keep an eye on him. He just might be basketball’s next big thing.

 

It’s not every day you see someone of Maker’s size with outstanding foot speed, ability to run the floor and even handle the ball -- qualities that already have scouts drooling over him. He’s also an outstanding free throw shooter with an improving jump shot. However, Maker still has a lot to learn. He’ll need to work on his offensive game with his back to the basket and also from midrange. He’s not yet at a stage where he can take over games consistently. That being said, the skills he possesses are rare, particularly since he’s only been playing ball for a few years.

 

With three high school seasons left, there is plenty of room for improvement for Maker. Dreaming of professional basketball, he’s trying to take after the right types of players. “I watch some of the greatest,” Maker said. “I like Kobe, KD and Kevin Garnett—the way they work.”

 

Clearly one of the top players in the class of 2016, Maker has recently begun to hear from Kansas and Kentucky. He already holds offers from the likes of Arizona, Georgetown, LSU, Memphis, Miami, NC State, Ohio State and Virginia.

 

It’s anyone’s guess where Maker might be in three years, but the early returns look promising. His doctors expect him to still grow another inch or two. For now, the 7-foot sophomore remains at the top of his class. And that’s definitely not a bad place to be.