Right when you think you’ve seen it all, a high school basketball player like 7-foot-1 center Thon Maker comes along and changes that. What makes Maker different than any other big man out there? Well, why don’t you take a look at the sophomore from Virginia’s tape:
He is being heavily recruit by, no surprise here, John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats. The 7-foot-1 sophomore is ranked as the No. 1 overall player in his class and he might just end up being the scariest seven-footer to ever pick up a basketball — no disrespect to the greats and maybe a bit of an exaggeration.
Watching his video makes you think that anything is possible. Here you have a 7-foot-1 basketball player and center who can play defense like the best center out there by getting every block possible and he can handle the ball like a point guard.
Heck, when he gets to the NBA, he might join Damian Lillard as the second player to ever compete in five different events during NBA All-Star weekend.
This kid has to get to college first and put on a little bit of weight. Some of the shots he took were a little uncomfortable to watch because his legs didn’t look like they were able to support the size of his entire body. If he adds weight, muscle and even more post moves, he could be the next big thing in college basketball.
Whoever ends up with Maker can consider themselves instant title favorites.
Don’t mess with Thon.
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