Thon Maker dominant at Under Armour All-American Camp

  • 07/10/2015 10:31 am in

One of the storylines that has emerged through the first two days of the July evaluation period is Thon Maker’s dominance at the Under Armour All-American Camp in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The 7-foot Maker, who recently announced he would remain a class of 2016 recruit rather than graduating this December, won the MVP at the NBPA Camp last month.

And his stellar play has carried over into July as he’s averaging 20.7 points, 15.7 rebounds and three blocked shots at the Under Armour All-American Camp. The rebound and block averages lead all players in the camp.

His performances so far in Charlotte are drawing rave reviews from the national media, including ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla, who is on staff for Under Armour at the camp.

The performance Fraschilla is speaking of was 23 points and 17 rebounds for Maker against the No. 1 player in the class of 2017, DeAndre Ayton.

Maker’s move to solidify himself as a 2016 recruit has also led more schools to contacting him.

According to’s Jeff Borzello, Kentucky, Florida State and Oklahoma State have all reached out to Maker in the weeks since his announcement to remain in 2016 at NBPA camp. Borzello’s report also mentioned Arizona State and Indiana, two schools that have been talked about near the forefront of Maker’s recruitment for months.

The Hoosiers have had a presence in Charlotte for Maker’s games as both Tom Crean and Rob Judson have been at the camp.

Indiana has been recruiting Maker for more than a year as Crean offered a scholarship to Thon and his brother, Matur, in May of 2014. The duo took an unofficial visit to Indiana in March for the regular season finale against Michigan State.

(Photo credit: Ned Dishman/Under Armour)

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  • Mike Taylor

    Maker happen Thon. Hoping we can get him for one year and baby brother the following year. I really feel both players could help IU hang a banner. I believe the hype. What do you think are our chances?

  • inLinE6

    Why did Fran Fraschilla say Thon’s a high lottery pick in 2016? Can he declare for draft directly next year?

  • TomJameson

    I’d love to see the Maker brothers play at IU, but I won’t be counting those chickens before they hatch. LOL

    I think Thon and Matur just keeps getting better.

  • Robert Golden

    Nothing surprises me anymore. Think of next years draft talent. Ben Simmons, Skal Labieserre, Thon Maker. I think it’s a good idea for my Lakers to do another stealth tank with gimmicks.

  • IUBizmark

    Agreed. Both guys are game changers and would definitely push IU to a Final Four. I think we have solid chances. They are a package deal in consecutive years. Thon wants more than anything to go pro and make it big. If it was between IU and ASU, I have to believe we’d get the nod. Now that more schools are into him, I’d say our odds go down, but I do get the feeling Thon is a loyal kid and it means a lot to him we were the first to offer his brother and one of the first to offer him (I think). We stuck with him this past year when other bowed out. That’ll factor into his choice along with Crean’s NBA connections.

    I wouldn’t want to play against Thon. Watch how hard it is to guard him on the dribble. You can’t play him close because with that LONG stride, he can easily step around you. If you play bit to prevent that, he can pull up and you have ZERO chance to contest at that height. If he can perfect a spin move, he would literally be unstoppable.

  • Mike Taylor

    I hate comparisons…. but he is the closest thing I have seen to a younger Kevin Garnett.

  • Ms hoosier

    I don’t think we will get Thon since he reclassified to 2016. Our only chance was this year. I hope I’m wrong though!!

  • Hoosier Hall

    Thon Maker and Rawle Alkins would be one of the best IU recruiting classes of all time. Rawle is the truth. He is a proven winner and I think he is still underrated in the top 20. He is top 10 in my eyes. Seems like Thon had a slump, probably all mental because of his “handler” jerking him around but he has certainly come out of it in a huge way.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Naw, we do not want THON! Yeah, a few ITHers have mentioned this in the past . . . ludicrous thinking/statements I tell you. He is the shizzle/dizzle and he can travel to other galaxys. Lol

  • curtis south

    EH Thon is 1 GREAT player but he will look elswhere! Crean wont use a big man in his game! They all know it!

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    Especially Zeller, Vonleh, and Bryant.