One of the elite prospects in high school basketball, Class of 2016 star Thon Maker has his pick of any college in the country.
The 7-foot, 200-pound Maker has lived in the United States since he was 13 and has been billed as a future star for several years.
"I have a dream," Maker said. "So, I wanted to chase that dream and I blocked everything else out. I just want to get to be the best I can."
Playing with his Team Loaded squad this weekend at the adidas Gauntlet event, Maker showed his wide array of skills and why colleges are flocking to his games.
As a sophomore at Carlisle, Va., High School, Maker averaged 21.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.2 blocks a game. He's been solid with nearly a double-double the two weeks he's played with Team Loaded in adidas events.
Among the schools listed for Maker are Arizona, Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Virginia, Kentucky, Memphis Wake Forest, UNLV and Indiana. He is also looking at the University of Louisville and has an offer from the Cards.
Maker's legal guardian, Edward Smith, said U of L was a school they "definitely" wanted to visit if they were in the area this summer or fall, noting "we'll come down and see it."
"Thon loves the way (Louisville) plays, the pace," Smith said. "Thon is an active guy. He loves the way they play. I think the most important thing for Thon is, wherever he goes, he's able to play early, he's able to play often. In saying that, he has to be prepared. If you want to play at a high level and play often and early, your body has to be prepared for the rigors of college basketball. We're focused on getting him stronger and getting him ready to play. He wants to play a lot wherever he goes. He doesn't like sitting."
Maker said he's been on several campus visits but isn't really going to get serious about a college decision until after this AAU season.
"I am going to look at the best fit for me," he said. "The style of play, teams can adjust and I will fit in, but it has to be the right spot for me. I have to like the place."
Maker moved from Sudan to Australia when he was five and his brother, Matur, is a 6-foot-10 member of the Class of 2017. The younger Maker already has an offer from Indiana.
Cardinal Authority will keep you posted in the recruitment of Maker.