Thon Maker, 7' 1" Australian 10th grade basketball phenom


This mixtape produced by Ty Kish of CityLeagueHoopsTV debuted last week and has broken 500,000 views. The 7-foot high school sophomore already has scholarship offers from Arizona, Georgetown, Miami and Virginia, among others. Maker began playing basketball in 2010 when it became clear he was too tall to continue with soccer.

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pharochuck site profile image  

3/12/14 1:32 AM by pharochuck

sports illustrated, yahoo sports,  and basketball reference all have him listed at 6'9

SuMBJJ site profile image  

3/11/14 10:23 PM by SuMBJJ

You're fucking retarded. There are 2 guys at the end of every NBA bench that have better skillsets than Kevin Durant.... But guess what, he's a 7 footer.

Altofsky site profile image  

3/11/14 9:40 PM by Altofsky

I know absolutely nothing about basketball, but that kid does look good. I was expecting dunks and shit, but he was hitting stuff from far out. It's not really considered normal for a guy that big to shoot from afar is it? And as an aside, there's something absolutely HORRIBLE about music with plugs for the recordmaker in it. WTF?

NICK MANNING site profile image  

3/11/14 9:38 PM by NICK MANNING

"I'd say most of the athletic 7 footers in the NBA could handle the ball against high school kids as well as Thon does."Here is a list of every 7 footer in the NBA. Please name which people on this list are better ball handlers than Thon. I'm not talking back to the basket post moves. I'm talking squaring up, one on one, top of the key let's say. Olynyk, Collins, B. Lopez, Bargnani, Chandler, Mullens, Hawes, T. Zeller, Bynum, Hibbert, Raduljica?, Hamilton?, Haywood, C. Zeller, Oden, Dedmon?, Vucevic, Dirk, Asik, Motiejunas, M. Gasol, Koufos, Ajinca, J. Smith, Withey, McGee, Mozgov, Vesely, Leonard, R. Lopez, Adams, Thabeet, Biedrins, Gobert, Bogut, Kuzmic?, Hollins, P. Gasol, Kaman, Sacre, Len, Gray.Like Dangerboy12 said, it's easier to develop post skills. There aren't many guys with a feel for the post like say Al Jefferson coming out of college. One other worry for me, however, is that Sudanese, generally speaking, tend to stay really thin. Thon will probably have to play PF in the NBA and I could see some concerns with that.

dangerboy12 site profile image  

3/11/14 9:11 PM by dangerboy12

Players can develop post skills as they get older. It's much harder to develop perimeter skills as you get older.I know, you wouldn't have a 7 footer on the perimeter, but Dirk and Durant have made their mark.

Jacob Lamb site profile image  

3/11/14 9:06 PM by Jacob Lamb

I'd say most of the athletic 7 footers in the NBA could handle the ball against high school kids as well as Thon does. I don't see what about his ball handling impresses anybody...?His shot doesn't look terrible, but it's not great. All that matters is if it falls(see Reggie Miller).So the question is "How many 7 footers in the NBA can shoot as well from 20 feet?"Again, I'd say most of them.Thon shot just 28% from three this year. Against high school defenders... Not at all impressive.I also don't like the fact that a quarter of all his shots were from three.I'd get him the ball at the high post or short corner where he could face up and get to the rim with one dribble.

NICK MANNING site profile image  

3/11/14 3:24 PM by NICK MANNING

Forget high school or even college- How many 7 footers in the NBA have Thon's ball handling skills? How many have a shot from 20 feet out that looks as refined as his?

Jacob Lamb site profile image  

3/11/14 4:30 AM by Jacob Lamb

When you were trying to make the varsity wrestling team, nobody was saying you were skilled enough to compete in the Olympics...

onyx2002 site profile image  

3/11/14 1:14 AM by onyx2002

The best thing he has going for him is aggression. Far too many 7 are forced to live in the paint and live off a drop step and maybe a face up jumper. He attacks the rim, when he faces real competition he will have some good pieces to work with to try and build a full game.

RockTheVote site profile image  

3/11/14 12:52 AM by RockTheVote

So... He's a high school sophomore and some of you are focusing on what he can't do rather than on what he can? Lol. Kill yourselves. As a high school sophomore I was trying to make the varsity wrestling team. This kid has plenty of time to fix his "flaws"


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