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Train
Two years ago

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Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

"The Perth Wildcats are trying to woo the 18-year-old elder sibling to play with them next season..."

"But Wildcats managing director Nick Marvin did not hide his want to try to get the extraordinarily talented big man in front of his club's red army of supporters at Perth Arena.

"Given his time in Australia was primarily in WA, we hope he would feel at home with us," Mr Marvin said.

"It would also be a great opportunity for him to continue to improve away from the bright lights and in front of the local fans."


I can't see this happening but would be a massive asset for both Perth and the NBL.


https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/28032968/wildcats-eye-sudanese-giant/

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Anonymous
Two years ago
17:55 17 May 15

Reply #528696

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

Given his fake age, can see him taking the offer. Word is he is looking to go pro to avoid being exposed in college


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Anonymous
Two years ago
18:02 17 May 15

Reply #528698

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

Harsh anon^, harsh. Maybe true, but still harsh.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
18:25 17 May 15

Reply #528704

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

Perth's offseason involves talking about random big name players (Cambage and Jackson) with the girls and Maker with the guys to get press during the offseason.

I like the strategy.

They should mention Iverson or T-Mac next.


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MIKE
Two years ago
18:26 17 May 15

Reply #528705

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

Probably wouldn't happen, but would be a way for him to get experience and pay cheques leading to a possible NBA gig.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
19:26 17 May 15

Reply #528713

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

Ha ha he's worth a DP spot but that's about it.. He will bust. Way overhyped


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A. Bitoni Fan
Two years ago
19:27 17 May 15

Reply #528714

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

I would only be supportive of this if he is committed for the full season. If there is overlap between college and NBL seasons then he'd be here for a short term, "promotional" stint of sorts. Not the type of model I want my team to be following - first priority should be compiling a real championship contending team, not a "circus" type show.


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Dazz
Two years ago
19:58 17 May 15

Reply #528719

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

I guess it would come down to how much the Cats were willing to pay his Pimp, versus how much he would get from College Boosters.

Whilst its plausible that "difficulties" over his actual age, have kept him from junior representation, I doubt that would be a problem at College.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
20:02 17 May 15

Reply #528721

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

nbadraft.net has him going 30th overall in the 2016 draft. Draftexpress has him going 28th. He's going to have to play somewhere if he wants better results than that. Don't think there are many people left buying into the hype machine.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
20:42 17 May 15

Reply #528728

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

This thread lacks credibility although I would be interested to know what hoops expert GWB has to say on the matter.


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GWB Impersonator
Two years ago
20:56 17 May 15

Reply #528731

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

He could potentially be an asset to the team down the track with some experience and improvement but he'll never be a Cam Gliddon


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GWB+
Two years ago
21:50 17 May 15

Reply #528738

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

I'm not sure about these Sudanese chaps to be honest. Being from WA I am surprised Perth haven't gone after Cam Gliddon


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GWB
Two years ago
23:09 17 May 15

Reply #528745

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

Hahaha. Oh I love it. Not sure I would have Thon at centre though. Thats a position more suited to Cam Gliddon.

But on the real, though.. I am surprised to learn Thon has slipped to 30th after talks like he was a possible number 1, and the next Kevin Durant. Anything could happen with this kid between then and draft day. Will be interesting to see. He could do worse than pocket some NBL dollars.


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Tornado
Two years ago
08:19 18 May 15

Reply #528754

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

He could always get a gig in the NBL as a last resort. His best bet is to go to College and work on his game.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
08:54 18 May 15

Reply #528758

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

Did you see him at the Nike Hoop Summit?
He was out of his depth. Everyone else in the recruiting class has selected a college except him so seems doubtful he wants to go to college. I wouldn't be surprised if he is taken second round of the 16 draft then never heard of again.


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GWB
Two years ago
09:21 18 May 15

Reply #528761

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

Looking like the next Ater Majok and certainly not Cam Gliddon


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RMQ
Two years ago
10:23 18 May 15

Reply #528774

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

haha there is no way Thon is 18 - Closer to 25.


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Haz
Two years ago
11:11 18 May 15

Reply #528779

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

Getting a bit tired of the Wildcats' pursuing so called big names every off season.

I can't see this happening, it very rarely eventuates when they do go after someone like this, and to be honest, would rather the Cats get someone more realistic who wants to play here and help contend for a title.

This just sounds like their drumming up support to get more members to sign up.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
12:32 18 May 15

Reply #528797

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

The way the league is headed they will be able to have the best team with no one to compete against.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
12:47 18 May 15

Reply #528803

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

How old is he ? and how many of these Sudanese kids through out Australia not playing in the right age groups. How would that effect his College option ?


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GWB
Two years ago
12:49 18 May 15

Reply #528804

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

Haz, the wildcats know how to generate talk and interest. The move is highly unlikely, however, nothing wrong with talk. They can talk about getting Lebron James in the team if they want, and if it gets people talking about the Wildcats and the NBL in a way which isn't another "on deaths door" story, then I am all for it.

As for going for big names, what other big names have they really gone for and not got? They got James Ennis, they got whoever that dud was last year, I don't remember them talking about anyone else?


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Anonymous
Two years ago
13:31 18 May 15

Reply #528820

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

I reckon the Wildcats should be chasing proven guys like Josh Childress, maybe Sam Young, that type of resume

given they are a strong club with good $$$ to spend, i dont see why they need to gamble on young guys all the time, for every James Ennis there will likely be 10 that are more like DeAndre Daniels,

Maker will be an interesting one, to see how his career goes, but to me he hasnt played at a high enough level to prove himself either way imo, so i wouldnt be spending big $$$ on him at this stage, regardless of his hype/potential.


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Train
Two years ago
13:39 18 May 15

Reply #528822

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

I Agree with GWB, if it gets people talking about it and in the media then whats the harm ? People whinge when there is no NBL talk then they criticize it when there is.


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Haz
Two years ago
14:01 18 May 15

Reply #528826

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

No I also agree with getting the media talking, and the Cats are great at this. I just think it would be better in the long run to give fans a realistic pursuit to aim for when they're targeting players.

They have already mentioned this offseason that Josh Childress is on their radar, but no follow up was made about that, which was a while ago now and has died down a bit. Im guessing the Thon Maker pursuit will die down too if there is no genuine follow up or intent to actually sign him.

Its a long shot, and I don't believe there is anything in it. Im just a bit skeptical about it that's all.


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GWB
Two years ago
17:07 18 May 15

Reply #528871

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

Josh Childress signed in Sydney due to specific business opportunities - outside of basketball - in sydney. If Josh is in the NBL next season, you can bet it will be in Sydney. Perth could have all the aspirations they want for Childress, but money is not his key motivation.

As for Thon, who really knows with this kid? He is a kid after all. I don't see him flying back to be a development player in the NBL. Even though he hasn't proven himself yet, I think on his hype alone he could yield more than a development spot in some league somewhere else. If they were giving him an actual roster spot it might be a different story. Sure, he doesn't justify a roster spot yet (he is no Cam Gliddon) but, he could reasonable barter for one somewhere. In the end, Thon will do what his minder wants, and what gives his NBA chances the best shot. THat will likely be college.

Other than get in the way of the league making bigger decisions, I dont have an issue in anything Perth has done. They will have another draft pick import this season I am sure.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
18:51 18 May 15

Reply #528890

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

College will only help his NBA prospects if he gets better. He needs to give himself time to play and develop, without being a superstar who's constantly pandered to by everyone around him. Would love to see him at Michigan State or Kansas. Tom Izzo and Bill Self would do great things for him.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
19:36 18 May 15

Reply #528892

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

College would expose him and destroy his nva prospects.. He should go to China and earn some $.. He could get a decent contract from the Chinese based on the hype.


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GWB
Two years ago
20:14 18 May 15

Reply #528893

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

I understand his field goal percentages are fairly terrible?


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EurythNicks
Two years ago
21:49 18 May 15

Reply #528900

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

Thon, in my side
You know that's all I wish you were


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Red
Two years ago
23:04 18 May 15

Reply #528905

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

Cats also have Todd Blanchfield on their wish list.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
23:37 18 May 15

Reply #528907

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

So they should. He would be the perfect fit for their hole at the 3.
I'm sure everyone has Todd on their wish lists. Seriously quality player.


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PlaymakerMo
Two years ago
10:05 19 May 15

Reply #528936

re: Wildcats targeting Thon Maker

Thon Maker's going to college, ruling out potential overseas Pro League offers:

http://tinyurl.com/kyxovld


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