IU remains heavily involved with Thon Maker

  • 05/26/2015 10:38 am in

2015 Orangeville Prep big man Thon Maker, the top available prospect remaining in the class nationally, continues to be courted by Indiana.

Last week, Jeff Borzello of ESPN.com reported that Indiana and Arizona State were the two schools most involved with Maker. Over the weekend, Maker’s guardian, Edward Smith, told SNY.tv that he’s discussed plans with both schools for the five-star recruit to enroll in December.

“I deal mostly with (assistant coach) Chuck (Martin of Indiana) and Chuck says mid-year or next year (fall 2016) is all good and they have a plan in place for (Maker),” Smith told SNY.tv. “So that’s his basic plan with that. If he came in mid-year, they would ease him into it, knowing that he has a year-and-a-half plan.”

Maker, along with his brother Matur and Smith, visited Bloomington in early March for IU’s final regular season game against Michigan State.

The 7-footer was in New York over the weekend playing for Canada Elite on the Under Armour Association circuit. He’s now played for a team on each of the three major shoe circuits in recent years as Elite joined Boo Williams (Nike) and Team Loaded Virginia (adidas) as teams that Maker has suited up for.

Maker averaged 15.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.2 blocks as Canada Elite went 4-0 in the third Under Armour Association event of the spring.

In his comments to SNY.tv, Smith said there are no definitive plans for when Maker will finish his high school course work and enroll in a school, but acknowledged that enrolling midseason could present some challenges.

“We all know basketball. It’s hard to come in and miss the summer, miss the fall and come in mid-year,” he said. “That’s ridiculous to try to come in and make a jump like that. If we go full year (beginning 2016-17), then he’s there for the whole year. There’s not a time clock on when he goes (to college) or when he doesn’t.”

Indiana has two scholarships available for next season following the dismissals of Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

(Photo credit: Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

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  • IUMIKE1

    Agree with your points, and label me as a wait and seer as well combined with cautiously optimistic.

  • IUMIKE1

    What oldiugymnast said, plus I’m awarding a 100 points out of a possible 100 on that one since it hits the nail right on the head. Has my nomination for a COTY (comment of the year) lol

  • IUMIKE1

    Sounds like we need Alex to weigh in and give us (ok, I’ll say it, do the research for us) the correct interpretation on this one. What say you Alex ?

  • IUMIKE1

    I hear what you saying loud and clear. Don’t feel so bad about my short novel that I wrote early on for this thread now. Seeing the exact same things you are, on the possibly good and possibly bad fronts both. Have to believe that TC is doing due diligence on this but after a season where his AD had to give him a public vote of confidence, I’m also wondering if he isn’t feeling enough pressure to maybe risk rolling with some things that he might not have in the past. Plus a person / university can do all the checking they want and there still be something come out that was not found with certain recruits and his handler, err, ” guardian “, I just keep getting that part wrong for some reason, for sure, gives me that exact kind of vibe.

  • IUMIKE1

    He more than likely would be a help to us even staying for just a half year…..but, at what expense ? Maybe none, maybe a bunch. No freshman has a 100 percent guarantee on what they can provide at the next level until they get on the court and prove it against high level and experienced talent. There is more than one example every single year that proves that theory correct. If he does come let’s just hope for two things, that he will help us be a lot better and not at the expense of hurting another important aspect of being a really good team and that those red flags, and they are there, turn out to be a different color.

  • IUMIKE1

    Count me as someone that will be willing to pen his name to that statement as well……if that’s what happens.

  • IUMIKE1

    Over just the past few years there have been plenty of recruits in the Top 100 that haven’t exactly set the world on fire.

  • IUMIKE1

    Good question and a discussion that would make it nice to be a fly on the wall of TC’s office listening to, cause you know that they’ve had to of had that discussion, or I’d be awfully disappointed if they haven’t.

  • IUMIKE1

    All very legit areas of concern in my opinion.

  • Guyton25

    Yeah, because the longer we wait on him, the smaller the chance becomes of finding Bryant a reliever if Maker says no.

    ASU has been on my short list of non-Big Ten schools I, for whatever reason, sort of pull for over all there other non-Big Ten schools.. along with randos like Ole Miss, Notre Dame, and Utah…. but if ASU takes Maker from us this year and then takes Eron Gordon next year, they will go on my not-as-short list of teams who are dead to me.

  • BC Hoosier

    Okay, I guess you’re clueless. Did the 25 schools in front of them bring every player back??? I’ll help you out no. They returned EVERYONE. That is a rare thing and if you do return everyone you can’t possibly expect a top 5 recruiting class. I’ll add that if and I know its an if, but if they add Maker their class ranking changes big time. They probably move up somewhere in the top 10 range.
    Lastly, you can’t have top 5 recruiting classes year after year with 3 McD’s AA in each and still have a good mix of top 40-75 players that stay for four years. You can’t have it both ways. There just isn’t enough scholarships to go around.

  • tdp2332

    Reminds you of Cody? Cody doesn’t have the athleticism, height, reach, strength, shooting touch, etc. More like Kevin Durant and KG had a baby.

    If he comes to IU, he will be the best recruit CTC has ever had by a mile

  • marcusgresham

    I learned it from a very smart anchor woman I worked with at a TV station in Evansville way back when I was in college.

  • marcusgresham

    No he can’t. In fact, here’s a quote from a three year-old Yahoo News article stating the same:
    “Late Tuesday night, Pastner used the University of Memphis’ men’s basketball Twitter account to inadvertently tweet ‘Tony Parker,’ the name of a highly touted Class of 2012 big man from Georgia that the Tigers have long coveted. Even though Pastner deleted the tweet minutes later, by rule that constitutes a secondary violation because the NCAA prohibits coaches from publicly discussing unsigned recruits.”

  • hoosier93

    No they didn’t. But we used 3 scholarships and got Bryant who is ranked 20th, Morgan is 93rd and OG is 273. How will that help us compete for Nat’l titles? Other schools used 3+ schollys too.

  • At the Quarries

    First off, don’t get me wrong, I would be the first one celebrating when Thon commits. Re the 247 expert predictions. Yes, they change constantly. However, I’ve been following the patterns for over two years now. The more recent trends tend to be pretty accurate, especially if they are overwhelmingly for one school. What I’m saying is that if Thon were to commit today or in the coming week, and unless we see a sudden and dramatic shift in predictions, then he is almost certainly committing to ASU. My point is that I’d like to see 247 predictions trending for IU before he announces. I’d rather wait another week or two and have him come to IU than have him commit today and go to ASU.

  • At the Quarries

    See my response to NotSoSilentBob, LOL. I agree they change dramatically, but they almost always change in favor of the school to which the player ends up committing.

  • If he’s able to contribute right away and put up monster numbers, then we’ll have a valuable asset to our team for tournament time, and we’ll likely lose him to the NBA. If he doesn’t fit in right away, then he won’t have great draft stock, and he’ll stay with us for 1.5 years as advertised, which isn’t a bad thing either for now and for future recruiting to get a future NBA all-star player to the program. There’s not much to lose. I would just find it hard to believe that the team won’t gel with him by tournament time though. I expect him to be a half-year player.

  • SilentBob

    I don’t see any KD in him whatsoever. Isn’t the dominate scorer who can create his own shot anywhere on the court. That’s all KD is, an absolute dominate scorer. Height wise him and Cody are roughly the same. Reach Cody didn’t have. Touch he did. Didn’t have the confidence to spread it out to the three line (did win the Hoosier Hysteria 3 pt contest), but was an excellent free throw shooter and made some of the most acrobatic shots I’ve seen from a college big in some time. And if you don’t think Cody is one of the most athletic bigs to come through college in the last decade then we were watching a different player. Easily top three floor runner in the last decade among bigs, great lateral movement like Thon, could easily drive to the hoop like Thon as well. And fun fact: at 37.5 inches his vert was two inches better than Blake Griffins coming out of college. That is outstanding for a seven footer.

  • BC Hoosier

    So you started with the idea that CTC and staff are not great recruiters. After revisiting the previous three classes you don’t have much to offer to support your claim. Then we move onto this class. No way you think TB is not a good get. Morgan is a top 100 player that fills a need. I don’t really understand why you would have a problem with this signing, but if you want better…his name is Thon Maker. What’s the problem here. Recruit the top10 player with the backup plan being a top 100 player. (Who’s already signed). Then there is OG. I got it, he’s a 3 star wing ranked 271st. I won’t argue his potential…which I think is off the charts. Could we do better, yes. A top 30 wing coming off the bench would be great. If your biggest argument in this debate is down to you being unhappy with them signing OG, I think you need to rethink your outlook on IU’s recruiting. They have the talent to make a run (Add Maker and its even better). They just need to put it together and that is a completely different debate.

  • jerry bouchet

    Indiana might get him if Calipari doesn’t want him.

  • marcusgresham

    Maybe so, but if he were feeling that much pressure would he have kicked off his only experienced post player?

  • marcusgresham

    Hey, we like red flags! We already have 5 of them!

  • marcusgresham

    The thing with 247’s “crystal ball predictions” is that they’re only taking into account the word of a few guys (sometimes only a couple.)
    As for Arizona State, what the hell do they have that is so enticing? I know they just signed Bobby Hurley to be the coach and the “Curtain of Distraction” is a brilliant thing when the opponents are shooting free throws, but the only thing I can see is that Thon is homesick for the climate of his native South Sudan and Tempe is much closer to that than Bloomington is.

  • At the Quarries

    ASU also hired an assistant (Brian Merritt) who togeher with John Lucas has been working with Thon and Ed Smith regularly. As far as weather, I think Thon has spent more time in Australia. Now that is probably hard to beat.

  • IUMIKE1

    Maybe his red flags are the kind like those, the good kind, and are an omen of something great happening. Let’s hope it’s NOT the type that later on makes you slap your forehead and mutter what the hell.

  • marcusgresham

    Didn’t know about the assistant connection. That makes sense.

  • Mr. Mitchell

    He is not great more like good

  • TomJameson

    I guess it’s all a matter of opinion. My take is that he is one of the top 5 or 10 recruiters in CBB, that makes him great. If he has to be the number one recruiter to be great … well then you have coach cal.

  • Mr. Mitchell

    Kind of like last season. We were the most exciting team but not a great team.