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10-14-2011, 05:57 PM

Thon Maker
Australian 8th Grader Thon Maker Is 6-11 And Skilled
Words. Kevin Zimmerman

Thon Maker doesnít fall into the majority when it comes to young big men. You know, those kidís that grow into their body so quickly that they donít know how to deal with those lengthy limbs and coordination. Apparently, the 6-11 rising eighth grader (seriously, heís that tall and that young) recently showed up at the John Lucas International Middle School Combine in Houston and proved that heís got a pretty good feel for handling his lengthy frame. Just 14 years old, Maker comes from Australia and showed up a bunch of his pint-sized classmates in more ways than blocked shots.

While dominating the competition is to be expected when youíre more than a foot taller than everyone else on the court, Maker showed impressive ball-handling skills, adept basketball IQ and a great motor that is often lost with big men years older than he. He also has the ability to dribble the ball once or twice in making his way to the cup before flashing a hook shot with soft touch.

And remember, he still might have some growing to do, making him a prospect to keep an eye on as he matures as a member of the Class of 2016.

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10-14-2011, 06:08 PM
It's like a running, jumping stick bug

10-14-2011, 06:09 PM
He doesn't look anywhere near 6'11' to me.

10-14-2011, 06:27 PM
He doesn't look anywhere near 6'11' to me.

Me either.

10-14-2011, 06:29 PM
I told him that gum was in the experimental phase.
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10-14-2011, 06:47 PM
6'6" ... 6'7" max

Probably still growing, though.

10-14-2011, 06:51 PM
He wears 69

10-14-2011, 07:09 PM
Why isn't he dunking?

KS Smitty
10-14-2011, 08:17 PM
He doesn't look anywhere near 6'11' to me.

Maybe the metric conversions got screwed up.

10-14-2011, 08:21 PM
He doesn't look anywhere near 6'11' to me.

everyone on that court was taller than me.

10-14-2011, 10:50 PM
he looks like he's starving to death

Rain Man
10-14-2011, 10:58 PM
I hope he likes basketball. Can you imagine some high school coach's reaction when a 7-foot freshman refuses to try out for the team?

And ... international middle school combine? Really? I think civilization is about to fall.

10-14-2011, 11:59 PM
he's Nigerian

Dave Lane
10-15-2011, 08:12 AM
One of the reasons I'm not that big a fan of basketball. It's a sport for people with pituitary problems.