Two years ago
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."