Indiana offers five-star 2016 7-footer Thon Maker, brother Matur

  • 05/03/2014 12:13 am in

After what has been a busy week for fast-rising 2016 power forward Thon Maker, Indiana extended scholarship offers on Friday night to him and his younger brother, Matur.

Thon Maker, a 7-foot prospect from Martinsville, Va., is ranked No. 3 in the 2016 class according to the 247Composite and has experienced a spike in his recruitment following his performance in the Adidas Gauntlet this past weekend in Dallas. There, he averaged 12.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks over five games in front of multiple college coaches.

Just within the past week, Thon Maker has received scholarship offers from Louisville, Kansas, UNLV, Duke and Memphis, and that was before Indiana extended its scholarship offer on Friday night. And the Hoosiers weren’t the only school to offer Friday evening, either, as Florida offered as well. Maker’s new offers only add to his previous offers, too, from the likes of Arizona, Georgetown, Ohio State and Virginia, among others.

Maker is regarded for his versatility and athleticism at his size and has quickly risen to being recognized as one of the top prospects in the nation after averaging 21.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game as a sophomore at Carlisle (Va.) High School.

His younger brother, Matur, is part of the 2017 recruiting class and already is 6-foot-10, averaging 6.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game in his freshman year for Carlisle. Matur is rated as a four-star prospect, according to the Future 150, and Indiana is his first scholarship offer, as well.

The Maker brothers are originally from Sudan and moved to Sydney, Australia, when Thon was five years old. They moved to the USA in 2011 and have lived in the Martinsville area since then.

Video of both Thon and Matur Maker is available after the jump.

(Photo credit: adidas/Vernon Bryant)

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  • Snookafly

    Twin towers! I like it. Let’s reel them in.

  • indianaourindiana

    Love it. All in haha. How horrible is it for Matur to always be referred to as Thon’s brother? haha

  • Miamihoosier

    Headline January 1st 2018: The Sudanese Swat Team patrol the paint, for the Number 1 ranked Hoosiers, as Seniors Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel rain down three’s from everywhere on the court, and hot shot Sophomore Eron Gordon continues to break opponent’s ankles….will they go undefeated??

  • Bryce Kepner

    To me, that 2016 class is going to be one of the best classes in a long time. So much talent in 2016. Well 2016 and 2017 are both pretty deep with Indiana talent

  • yimyames

    He was the first to offer both of them. That may be a plus, but won’t be long before other coaches do the same.

  • N71

    Kind of reminds me of Kevin Garnett when he was in high school.

  • The_Bob_Michaels

    It really looks that way. It’s incumbent that CTC is able to reel in some of that talent. He and the staff are definitely beating the heck out of the bushes, so I’m cautiously optimistic.

  • Ole Man

    Not true with Thon. Reread the article 🙂

  • marcusgresham

    I’d love to see these kids at IU,but it just feels like recently all the African guys of substance end up with Pitino. After he was able to turn Georgui Deng into a player they all want to be there. Then the incumbent is able to help bring in the next guy.
    Peter Jurkin may play an important part in this recruitment, just making the guys feel comfortable when they visit.

  • I’ve been hoping we’d make an attempt to recruit this kid. He reminds me so much of a young Kevin Durant. 7 footer who can handle the ball like a 2 guard, shoot pull up threes, and is a monster in transition. His skill level is off the charts for his age and size. This kid will be on my Xmas wish list for the next 2 years.

  • Alford Bailey

    Yea, and I thought 2015 was gonna be good.

  • Alford Bailey

    Love the mass offers. Put enough offers out there and IU is bound to land a few of these guys. And yes, to be consistently successful we have to land a few of these top talents. Keep it up fellas.

  • David Macer

    I think what he meant was that IU was the first to offer BOTH brothers at the same time.

  • Gregory Spera

    Sowing the seeds of love. That’s what Crean is doing. Sow those seeds early, care for them well, and watch them blossom into LOIs.

  • Gregory Spera

    Thon’s vid. I know it’s just a string of edited highlights, but… wow. Nice crossover.

  • Gregory Spera

    Sweet dreams are made of these…

  • MPmike B

    Can Indiana ever get a break and steal one of these big time recruits who are going to UK? Please! We should at least get a certain amount because it’s INDIANA!

  • ForeverIU

    I think it’s noteworthy that these two brothers moved to Australia at a very young age, so they’re probably as Australian as Oladipo and Vonleh are American. I don’t know if there’s any overlap, but maybe the Dante Exum and Noah Bolden pipelines could be of help?

  • FinEndNow

    Well we almost had Trey Lyles but something happened there. But Indiana needs to get to a point where we’re getting 2-3 Top 20 players a year. But just gotta let the coaches do what they do. I’d really like to have Thon Maker but it always seems like we lose out on top prospects.

  • Ole Man are correct. Thanks!

  • Bryce Kepner

    I mean 2015 has some great recruits, but I think 2017 & 17′ will be a lot deeper, especially for Indiana

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  • Never Daunted

    yeah kentucky does this pretty successfully…click on any of the names of the top 20 recruits on any website and they’ll have an offer from them for sure

  • Snookafly

    Don’t forget the biggest name, Embiid, going to KU.

  • cpjason311

    and he did just do a lot of weed wacking too

  • Et_Tu_Brutus

    Really? Check how IU has done the past few years with regard to McDonald All Americans. Look at the talent coming in. Look at where IU players have gone in the NBA draft the past couple of years.

  • hard to imagine 2 kids ranked higher than thon

  • Corey Schroyer

    Yep I definitely saw it as well, Yahoo is my mobile homepage so there must be a correlation lol

  • Snookafly

    At the time I thought, “why aren’t we going after this kid?” Hopefully we aren’t too late to the party.

  • MPmike B

    True. IU has one McDonald’s All-American in each of the past 4 years, but let me say ONE(1), not 2, or 3. Also, these recruits are not the top 1-5 rated. The last Top 5 recruit was Eric Gordon. I believe if Tom Crean can get at least one Top 5 recruit or 2-3 top 20 players than you will see IU get to the level of UK, Kansas, UNC, etc…

  • calbert40

    That’s how Thad got Oden and Conley…package deal.

  • RMK

    I think these guys could be a part of the cast for The Air Up There 2.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Is it good or bad that I think Matur’s gangly limbs remind me of Manute Bol?


    Jokes aside: It’d be pretty awesome to have a couple of talented bigs on the inside. I’d love for both guys to be wearing the candy stripes in Bloomington.

  • yimyames

    Yeah, what David said. Nice angle to take IMO. Crean showing interest in the Family, not just one kid. I truly believe Gordon was here more for that reason also.

  • Ole Man

    Yep; caught that thanks to David 🙂
    Agree with the “multi-purposing” of Gordon’s recruitment.