Video: Thon Maker, the 7ft South-Sudanese basketball sensation who could be moving straight from high school to the NBA
Meet Thon Maker, the South Sudanese-Australian basketball making waves. With the NBA draft looming, Maker could become the first player in a decade to move straight from high school to the NBA. The 2016 NBA draft is set to be held on June 23, 2016.
According to reports, the NBA has ruled this week that the 19 year-old Maker, who graduated from high school in 2015 is eligible for the 2016 NBA draft.The 2016 NBA draft is set to be held on June 23, 2016.
The 7-foot young player is a great prospect because of his outstanding ingenuity. A great shooter who is blessed with blistering pace, remarkable height, shot blocking, and dribbling skills, Maker is already being touted as one of the great recruits of the upcoming draft.
Maker was born in February 1997 in what is now South Sudan, and at age five, Thon and his younger brother and aunty escaped the civil war and briefly settled in Uganda before moving to Australia as refugees. In Australia, Maker was discovered by Edward Smith, who helped nurture the boy’s talent and later facilitated his move to Canada, where Maker played high school basketball.
Video clips of Maker continue to cause a sensation online and many social media users are convinced the talented teenager has what it takes to be drafted and could possibly be the “next big thing”.
What they are saying about Maker on social media:
Thon Maker the next big thing?
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) April 16, 2016
What will help Thon Maker achieve his full potential is the fact that he’s a tireless worker, has a big time motor & has very high character
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) April 14, 2016
Wow. Thon Maker cleared to enter NBA Draft. International guy to talk about on draft night. Great kid. Great motor. Needs NBA body–quick!
— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) April 14, 2016
Thon Maker is going to be the next KD, if not better.
— Dr. Phill (@Phill_Ant) April 8, 2016
— H.C. (@Q_Hameron) April 4, 2016
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