7-foot teenage basketball star Thon Maker is playing at the Big Shots Tournament in Myrtle Beach this week. Maker is the top rated recruit in the 2016 class. He is playing on an all-star squad called Team Loaded.
Maker, who was born in South Sudan, grew up in Australia before moving to the United States. He currently plays center for Carlisle High in Martinsville, Virginia.
A rising junior, Maker already has offers from nearly every college basketball powerhouse in the nation. He told WPDE NewsChannel 15 that he is growing tired of the recruiting process, but he has yet to narrow his long list of schools, "It just goes on and on and on and you can't get caught up in it. You just have to continue doing what you're normally doing and just block all of that out."
His offers include Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Louisville, Kentucky and Kansas. He said he will likely make his college decision next year.
The 17-year old Maker is an excellent ball handler, passer, rebounder, and has good range beyond the 3-point line. His blocked shots and crowd pleasing dunks have packed gymnasiums across the country.
During his high school career at Carlisle, Maker has averaged 22.2 points a game, 13.1 rebounds and 4.5 blocks.
In the classroom, Maker is an excellent student. His favorite subject is chemistry.
He says his goal is to play in the NBA, win championships, and eventually be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.