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Isaac
Two years ago

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Thon Maker quits one school, moves to another

There's a bit of interest in this kid, so why not a new thread.

The previous thread reported that he'd quit one school after three games with the coach saying his guardian family was finding living in the US too hard and were to move back to Australia.

However, a follow up article has him immediately enrolling at a new school with an IB program.

From the guardian:

"Thon and my daughter Acacia have transferred from Metairie Park Country Day School to the Carlisle School in Virginia,'’ Smith wrote. “There were four major components that factored into our decision to transfer from Country Day.

“The Carlisle School offers the International Baccalaureate program out of Geneva, Switzerland, the Carlisle School was voted the No. 1 academic school in southwestern Virginia, my longstanding relationship with head coach Jason Niblett, and the close proximity to the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia area), where most of my family and relatives reside.

“In the case of Thon, I feel that he will experience an exponential growth academically and athletically in this environment. Thon had an opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., last year with stops at the White House, the Smithsonian, the Washington Monument and other major landmarks.

“We feel that Carlisle, though small and remote in location, offers us access to a major metropolitan area where Thon and my daughter will experience growth culturally as well.

“I also believe that the international basketball program that Coach Niblett is building at Carlisle is academically inclined and will allow me to continue to make dreams come true for international student athletes seeking recommendation of an excellent basketball opportunity in the United States."

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sircreate
Two years ago
10:24 29 Nov 12

Reply #389405

re: Thon Maker quits one school, moves to another


Smith is a piece of work isnt he


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anon
Two years ago
10:40 29 Nov 12

Reply #389410

re: Thon Maker quits one school, moves to another

"We feel that Carlisle, though small and remote in location, offers us access to a major metropolitan area where Thon and my daughter will experience growth culturally as well.

SO is it REMOTE or close to a major metro area ??

More likely that this school and coach are prepared to look the other way on both his age and academic history.


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jason
Two years ago
10:55 29 Nov 12

Reply #389415

re: Thon Maker quits one school, moves to another

when they say smith -please don't tell me Ed Smith has anything to do with this Kid?


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Isaac
Two years ago
11:13 29 Nov 12

Reply #389422

re: Thon Maker quits one school, moves to another

The previous school seemed like they would've been quite keen to keep him around (triple double in his last game). No suggestion of age/academic issue?

The reporter on both these stories has tweeted at Maker directly, trying to get his side of things. No reply when I last checked.

How common is this "guardian" situation, and how regularly does it work?

You get the impression that the movement wasn't handled brilliantly by the guardian/Smith side, leaving the coach and team in the lurch a little?


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sircreate
Two years ago
12:46 29 Nov 12

Reply #389440

re: Thon Maker quits one school, moves to another


Anon should do some research before saying comments like academic issues.

Country Day had some pretty high academic requirements.. in fact a top 5 player Khalea Turner who tried to join the school(he's on the same AU team as Thon) wasnt eligible because he didnt reach the requirements.

I think the new school is pretty good academics as well.. my fear is that Thon's getting dragged around and used by Smith for his own purposes


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Anon
Two years ago
14:24 29 Nov 12

Reply #389452

re: Thon Maker quits one school, moves to another

Ed Smith - "piece of work" - please explain ...


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Anonymous
Two years ago
14:28 29 Nov 12

Reply #389454

re: Thon Maker quits one school, moves to another

jason - yes he does...


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Anonymous
Two years ago
15:20 29 Nov 12

Reply #389469

re: Thon Maker quits one school, moves to another

Lets be real. He doesn't need an education coz he's gonna be balling in the NBA!!!


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anon
Two years ago
15:39 29 Nov 12

Reply #389484

re: Thon Maker quits one school, moves to another

You are trying to convince people that some refugee from the Sudan who NEVER went to school there and has done a few yrs of elementry level school work here is suddenly up to International Baccalaureate program levels ?? Come on dude who are you kidding ????


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Isaac
Two years ago
17:16 29 Nov 12

Reply #389506

re: Thon Maker quits one school, moves to another

Lets be real. He doesn't need an education coz he's gonna be balling in the NBA!!!
Holy crap, I hope that's a joke!


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sircreate
Two years ago
20:39 29 Nov 12

Reply #389527

re: Thon Maker quits one school, moves to another

Anon your abit of a moron arent you? can't you read at all?

Considering he was eligible at Country Day, which isnt a basketball factory type school but a pretty decent academic school goes to show he isnt exactly stupid.. he was in the Australian school system for like 4-5 years wasnt he(he came to Aus when he was 9 didnt he?) is sure as hell enough time to catch up.

Just because the kids sudanese and missed a few years of schooling when he was a little kid doesnt mean he can't catch up


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Thononymous
Two years ago
00:29 30 Nov 12

Reply #389539

re: Thon Maker quits one school, moves to another

Thon will be playing for Jason Niblett whose name was mentioned in some questionable recruiting stuff with Ater Majok and UCONN.


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jason
Two years ago
11:00 30 Nov 12

Reply #389571

re: Thon Maker quits one school, moves to another

I have had dealings with Ed Smith for years, he is banned from coaching at all decent staduims in sydney.
Ok the guy can coach talent but does he develop it or does he just expose it?
Comets and Norths in sydney will not touch players who have involvement with Ed Smith
Thon should run, run far far away from this guy. because Ed is just trying to get a Div 1 gig and will exploit any and every kid to get there


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anon
Two years ago
13:25 30 Nov 12

Reply #389605

re: Thon Maker quits one school, moves to another

In the Aust school systme for like 3 or 4 years ?? Really that long ?? SO he has had a total of 3 or 4 years of schooling ??? You must be living in fairy land mate, or a WAVERLEY coach !
They are all the same, Deng Deng claimed he went to Box Hill and was certainly enrolled there but all the kids I know who attend that school never saw him but if you went down to MSAC any day of the week and any time there he was with all his mates. We treat these refugee kids like they are special, what about all the homeless aussies. Everyone is scared to critisize for fear of upsetting the softies who run things nowadays. A cheat is a cheat no matter what and these kids and thier minders are CHEATING.


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jason
Two years ago
13:58 30 Nov 12

Reply #389608

re: Thon Maker quits one school, moves to another

after doing a little research about Thon, i found out the school he attented and the junior program he trained at.
Thon did attent school, but only to the point that he wasn't suspended and the teachers were too scared to do anything
his junior basketball team coach (under 14's) was too scared to say any to the kid and wasn't allowed to have input because the kid was with a large group of other sudanese players and didn't want to be made out as a racist
who is to blame about this?
if the australian school system comes down on them we get into trouble for being racist
if the coach says something he is treated as a racist
if BA comes down they flee and run to the US


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sircreate
Two years ago
22:18 30 Nov 12

Reply #389676

re: Thon Maker quits one school, moves to another


Ok dipshit.. he came to Australia when he was 7.. that means he was in the Aussie school system for 7 years before he spent a year at Country Day.

Again can't you read idiot?? Country Day had a pretty high academic standard to get into the school.. Kahlea Turner or whatever his name, a top 5 2015/16 kid couldnt get into the school cause his grades werent up to scratch, but guess what, Thon got in!.. explain that you retard, you saying they'll let one kid skate in cause he's really good at basketball but still won't let another kid in even tho he's just as good?


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vesta62
Two years ago
12:28 1 Dec 12

Reply #389708

re: Thon Maker quits one school, moves to another

I'm not buying into this argument either way because I know nothing about it, but I will say this. Sircreate, stooping to calling someone a retard is pretty disgusting and it kind of ruins your credibility. You probably have some valid points but we can't see past them because of your immature name calling.

Stick to the facts and you might actually be believable.


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Anonymous
Earlier this year
13:45 29 Apr 14

Reply #472108

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