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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  • oldiugymnast

    This is an awfully over the top claim. One that a person with even a little shame and decency would not make publicly, given that it could hurt IU and this young man. But given your penchant to make boldly ignorant and inaccurate statements, I guess this is par for the course. I think this sort of thing should get your comment removed or banned. You are talking about a major NCAA violation here – and with no evidence whatsoever.

  • oldiugymnast

    Funny! And not funny…… 🙂

  • hoosier93

    And yet all of them still have better recruiting classes and success. You can get 1 McD’s AA but what about the rest of the class? Why not try and get 2 or 3 McD’s AA’s? Why stop at 1?

  • BC Hoosier

    The schools I mentioned normally do have better recruiting classes than us…that’s why I mentioned them. What I was trying to ask is other than them, who brings in better talent consistently?
    Of course, I would love a team full of McDonald’s AAs year after year. I think other than Kentucky and Duke no school in the country is consistently landing 2-3 McD’s AA every year. So with that logic there are only 2 great recruiters and everyone else is just good.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    His driving and running remind me of Kevin Durant. His post game and defense reminds me of a young Kevin Garnett. He probably doesn’t do any as good as those two (yet), but Lord if that’s the two pros he’s comparable to that’s a purty darn good player. I’ll take him. Half year. Year and a half. Four years. Whatever. I’ll take him over a transfer or no name 2015 recruit any day.

  • HoosierMitch

    Like the Eagles reference

  • Kelin Blab

    I don’t have an issue with Thon coming to IU mid year. I don’t think he is a game changer like an Anthony Davis. I think he needs a lot more work than what his highlights show. I do find it interested he has played for an Adidas team, a Nike team, and a UA team…..does Converse have an AAU program?

  • Hoosierkamp

    Sorry , meant 1 left to offer with Max holding one

  • Donnie Vick

    When does Maker have to make a decision as to what school he will attend? Will this be drama until Thanksgiving?

  • SilentBob

    Seems to have added a significant amount of upper body strength since going to Canada. Still needs to hit those legs though. He reminds me a lot of Cody and with a splash of a young KG. But I don’t see a player coming in mid December, with conference play upon us, being able to to become one of our three best players. I imagine he’d be regulated to a bench role, but could very well be our best player the following year if he stays.

    Regardless of talent I think it’s a big gamble bringing in a player mid basketball season and giving him heavy minutes. Not only only will he have not had experience against college talent, which the big ten will have the most of, but no experience with the sets or his teammates. This isn’t a half year player if you really look at it, more like a quarter year player. Even for our other freshmen next years basketball season will start next month with offseason workouts. Not only is that a time to get better individually, but that’s a crucial time for coaches to figure things out and get their players to grow as a team.

  • At the Quarries

    Epiphanies like this often happen to people looking for a way out. Too late now, you poor soul. LOL!

  • Bk39

    The name of the song is derived from an old joke, where two friends have the following exchange: “My wife’s gone to the West Indies.” “Jamaica?” (which has a similar pronunciation as “D’you make her?”) “No, she went of her own accord”. On 21 July 2005, Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant discussed the song during an interview with Mike Halloran, a DJ on radio station FM94.9 in San Diego. During the interview, he talked about the different interpretations and pronunciations of the name of the song.[4] The title, which appears nowhere in the lyrics, was chosen because it reflects the reggae feel of the song. Plant has said that he finds fans completely overlook the apostrophes and naively mispronounce the title as “Dire Maker”.

  • At the Quarries

    Yes he has. You are either ignorant or a troll, or both.

  • ThisNotesForYou

    Uh… No.

  • At the Quarries

    Time for a phone-a-Thon folks!

    Operator, this is an emergency.

  • Oh, I’ve been a fan since 1976 (I was 10 and it’s all anyone talked about in Fort Wayne), so it was too late a long time ago. And I’m sure things have been interesting during other epochs as well. But right now definitely lives up to the Chinese proverb, “May you live in interesting times.”

  • Something I have seen specified: when does he actually make his decision? Is there a deadline of some kind looming, or will we be hanging onto this until December.

  • At the Quarries

    I hope it isn’t soon, because right now the predictions are overwhelmingly for ASU.

  • At the Quarries

    I don’t know how you could speak with such authority about Thon and not know that he’s been to Kansas. Ed Smith has ALWAYS spoken highly about IU. The current interest is of no surprise to me at all. Have faith in the value of our program.

  • At the Quarries

    I’m not sure he really has to pick soon, but perhaps he does.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    seriously, what pessimist would not want to grab this talent for a year and a half? Ooh, he might disrupt their chemistry . . . stellar defensive chemistry like last year! I am aghast at anyone who thinks our mediocre caliber supporting forwards and center can handle/take our 4 & 5 positions to an elite level. Nah, go for another guard, a top 10 five star talent may be disruptive! Lmfao.

  • Steve Shoda

    Thon Maker to IU
    Banner #6

  • dwdkc

    Love the enthusiasm, but historical corrective in order. Not more talent than ’93 team with Cheaney, G. and P. Graham, Henderson, Bailey, Brian Evans, forgetting a few now. 17-1 in a tough Big 10, #1 in the country. Maybe the most talented since then, but still no single player as dominant as Cody and Vic in 2013.

  • marcusgresham

    It was also a British slang term shortened from “did you make her,” meaning, “did you have sex with her?”

  • SilentBob

    I disagree. Those crystal ball predictions aren’t a very trustworthy science anyway. Takes in heavy influence on who is calling most and connections and that won’t change. But if we aren’t going to get Maker it’d be better to know now so we can pursue two players instead of one to help fill the back up role at the five. The quality of guys left is already lack luster. Don’t wanna know what it would be if it was August before we knew or even later and risk getting no one.

  • marcusgresham

    Not disputing you but I would like to know where he said this because a coach can’t publicly mention a recruit until he has signed a LOI.

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t think that’s the case—if so Vonleh would have had to stay another season because he was barely 18.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Who cares how long he arrives for oh, CTC linear thinker!

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    You are posturing that Thon Maker, 5 star recruit is a 13 minute guy. Hmmm, bring another ITHer and also fire CTC as he may follow your lead!

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    But he came to IU cuz CTC was a big guy developer!!!!!!! Nuff sed, CTC sux!

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Go smoke a joint, drink a shot of Jameson, and hold your breath with both inside. You are totally lost!

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    So funny, Calipari NEVER complains about coalescing his team to gell together, ONLY a problem with CTC and linear thinking Hoosier fans. pathetic! Cux we have sucked for years!

  • BC Hoosier

    If he comes in December, I do think he works into the rotation at around 13 minutes per game. Maybe as conference play continues his role expands.
    How many minutes do you think a guy that is coming in December, never practiced with team, will get “out of the gate” as my post suggests? Is that “linear thinking”, a guy gets 13 min per his first couple weeks with the team?

  • Bill Graham

    Tom Crean has a stick attached to his back. That stick has a carrot attached to it. That carrot is Thon Maker. Meanwhile Ed Smith is lounging and laughing. Can he catch it? Can he? Hahahaha!

  • ThisNotesForYou

    Sure he can.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I mean Max. He’ll have to pick soon, because his opportunities will dry up.

  • INUnivHoosier

    For all of the “other media” you read, you seem to be fairly ignorant about a situation that you are portraying yourself as knowledgeable about.

  • calbert40

    I think we *should* be more aware of the effect a midseason recruit will have on team chemistry. This team already has the potential to be very good. If he is only going to be a 2nd semester player, I say hard pass. If he is going to stay another year, then I’m at least willing to listen, but I am still wary of the potential pitfalls for this season. I hope I am wrong, but I think the risk/reward potential is steep with Maker…on both ends.

  • TomJameson

    There can be as many definitions of “great” as people you ask. LOL A person could say that Cal is a great recruiter, and he probably is, but I would wager that IU wouldn’t want his recruiting “style”.

    To get the kind of players CTC does, with the talent level of classes getting better every year, and the balance of 4-year vs one-and-done players, I would say that he is a great recruiter. Of course there is the “movement” which didn’t work out real well, but coming in that was a great class. And there is always a ‘bad apple”, or somebody who just doesn’t work out, but overall I’d say a great job … especially having to start from scratch.

    All my opinion, and everyone has their own opinion based on what they want out of the recruiting. I just happen to be happy with what’s been going on, and the progression of the recruits. All is good with whatever anybody else thinks. 🙂

  • ktolly4iu

    Agreed. And they magically change overnight

  • ktolly4iu

    Agreed but Thon has proven he can score, Hanner had potential to score with his athleticism but never happened. Well he had a couple good games one being th e UofL game

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i had the same thought, he’s getting away with a lot of stuff that he couldn’t get away with in the b1g. then again, you can pretty much say that about all recruits. i still think he’d have the potential to come in and make us better, especially by tournament time.

  • TomJameson

    I have no doubt that Thon will be a huge talent at the CBB level, and probably at the NBA level as well.

    My point above was that no matter how great a player looks in HS (and used Hanner as an example), that talent doesn’t always translate to the next level.

  • hoosier93

    Well there are plenty of schools. Too many schools ahead of us every year. Look at this year’s class.. we have Bryant who is a Top 25 player. Morgan is a fringe Top 100 player. And OG is in the 250-300 range. What sense does that make? There is a much better chance we’re mediocre or worse because of that recruiting.

  • Guyton25

    I’ve been logging on to Inside the Hall about once daily for about a year now and I gotta say.. the past few months have been the best because it seems like every other day there’s a story about a new legitimate prospect, consistently good news about existing recruits, or good news about our existing roster. I haven’t been this excited in the off-season since the off-season before the 2012-2013 season.

    The only bad news has been the transfers and Devin and Hanner getting booted, but I see those transfers as the best move for our team and for each of their basketball careers. Losing Devin and Hanner is a negative all around though….

  • BC Hoosier

    So you can’t name a school, thanks for making my point. As far as this year’s class, we had our top 7 players returning and the one glaring need was a big man. They filled that need with a McD’s AA and a top 100 athletic forward. What else did you want, a top 10 shooting guard or point guard that would come off the bench. McD AA want to play not sit on the bench behind other McD’s AAs. What thread are we even commenting on…Thon Maker. Another top 10 player they can add next year. At this point please stop. Its a better look to be unrealistic than clueless.

  • Guyton25

    It feels good to be able to bring in 5 new scholarship players and not have to worry about over-signing.

  • hoosier93

    Well this year there are 25 schools with a better class than ours according to 247. And don’t say “oh well Morgan and OG are underrated blah blah” because any fan base can say that about their players. There is obviously a reason that 247 has OG ranked 273 and a player like Tahjai Teague is ranked about 100 spots higher at 171(Teague is going to Ball State). I don’t exactly know how 247 does its stuff but they must know something we on these boards do not.

  • Donnie Vick

    I was under the impression we were still recruiting Lovett, but I see he’s signed with St. John’s.

  • IUMIKE1

    Ok, normally I cant’ truthfully say that I have heard that or I knew that, when you throw one of your many, little know facts thingys out there, but for a change I can say, ” I knew that “, on that one. The subject that it is related to may have something to do with being able to remember it. lol