Meet Thon Maker, the 17 year old 7-Foot basketball star from the Class of 2016.
He is originally from South Sudan, who was found playing soccer by former South Sudan Ball State Forward Majok Majok. Thon was reluctant to leave soccer for basketball, but became persuaded by Majok to pick up the sport at the age of 13. He was 6’8” at 13. Thon’s next step was moving to America to try to begin his basketball career. He did just that by impressing scouts already this summer in the AAU circuit with his foot speed, balance, coordination, vision and understanding of passing angles.
Thon has received offers from Arizona, Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, UNLV, and Louisville. Kansas and Kentucky are rumored to be at the top of his list.
The next Anthony Davis with his guard-like skill-set? Maybe even better. Still very raw and young, but has such a high ceiling. It will be interesting to watch how/if he pans out.