Two years ago

Makur Maker ranks No 2 by top247

Makur Maker is now ranked no 2 by top247.
The kid is going from strength to strength.
He is The next Ben Simmons perhaps ?


Makur Maker, Simmons, exum, Bolden, Thon maker, Matur maker,
Jayden Stone, Green, Majove King should be the nucleus of the boomers squad for the 2023 world cup.

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Two years ago

Nucleus, bunch of untested college kids, some nba bench guys, injury prone Exum and Ben Simmons. Sounds great.

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Two years ago

Plenty of talented kids listed by Dave but let's be realistic only a handful will make 2023 team.

Don't forget Creek, Adel, Mills, Dellavedova, Landale, Cooks, Noi, Humphries, Motum, McDowellWhite etc will still be around.
Old man Ingles will be 35/36 then and could also still be in the mix.

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Two years ago

Great, can't wait for the inevitable "He's really 25" thread.

Doesn't do much for Australia's international integrity or reputation:
"We'll only accept you as a refugee if your kids are really athletic, and you agree to sign over custody. Otherwise its off to Manus Island."

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Makur Maker  
Two years ago

Meet Mojave King: Australian Basketball's Next Big Thing


Australia's latest NBA prospect, Mojave King, is a Queenslander who was born in New Zealand to an American father and a Kiwi mother.

It’s a little confusing, I know, but what’s clear is that King is on a path to join the horde of other Aussies currently playing in the NBA.

And that path could potentially wind its way through the NBL.

A scholarship holder at the NBA Global Academy in Canberra, King is currently playing for the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence (CoE) in the inaugural season of the NBL1.

He’s a 16-year-old, sharp-shooting, mobile wing with a tremendous feel for the game and explosive athleticism.

For those NBA scouts who are tapped into the Australian system, King has been on the radar for the last couple of years.

But after balling out at a Global Academy Showcase in Minneapolis last weekend as part of the festivities surrounding the NCAA Final Four, the talented teen has suddenly launched himself onto the whiteboards of every single NBA team and high-major American college.

Competing against many of the world’s top high school-age players - including America’s best freshman, sophomores and juniors – King was the Showcase’s standout performer, establishing himself as a genuine NBA prospect.

"It was very impressive," ESPN Draft Analyst Jonathan Givony told NBL Media.

“He came in and played against guys who were two years older than him – including the best American players that we have – and just really fit in and was very aggressive, dunking over people and making plays.”

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Two years ago

Amongst all that talent - in front of swarms of college coaches and NBA scouts – King put his entire package on display; throwing down in transition, making plays off the dribble and effortlessly draining long range bombs.

He's obviously got a really good feel for the game, he’s got intriguing physical tools, he’s got a good body, he’s a good athlete, can play pick and roll, can shoot it and can really pass the ball," Givony said.

"He’s got a pretty complete game and he plays with great poise, maturity and aggressiveness.

“I’ve seen a lot of kids that age and it’s pretty rare for a guy to play up and really hold his own and at times even dominate.”

King is the latest 'son of an import’ to rise through the Australian junior ranks, following in the footsteps of NBA players Dante Exum, Ben Simmons and Jonah Bolden as well as Arizona commit and future NBA Draft pick Josh Green.

His father, Leonard, played as an import in the New Zealand NBL throughout the 1990s while his mother, Tracey, was a speedy Kiwi point guard.

Mojave and his older sister, Tylah (who is also a baller), were both born in New Zealand before the family moved to Australia prior to Mojave starting primary school.

Since January, King has been developing his game at the CoE under the tuition of head coach Adam Caporn and the NBA Global Academy’s Technical Director, Marty Clarke.

“We were big fans of him and wanted him here. Then when he got here in January he had got a little bit better,” Caporn told NBL Media.

“He had matured a little bit more physically and the first week here we were all saying, “He is an NBA prospect for sure.’”

That feeling has only grown as King has continued to rapidly develop his game, culminating in last weekend’s explosion in the States.

“He’s an NBA athlete,” Caporn added.

“He has speed with the ball, gets past people easily – I mean, he just glides past them – and dunks on people with ease. He’s a really eye-opening athlete in Australia.

“Then, to add to his athleticism, he can really shoot. He’s got a good feel for the game – he’s a combo so he’s not just an athlete – he has got serious offensive game.

“His shooting plus his athleticism makes him a very dangerous commodity.”

Having been fairly undersized throughout most of his junior career, Mojave spent a number of years almost exclusively playing point guard before a recent growth spurt has seen him develop into a play-making wing.

“Fortunately for him his body is now starting to take the type of shape you want it to take as a basketball player,” King’s father explained.

“He’s starting to get a little bit of size to him which will allow him to play either the one, two or three. That is pretty exciting for him to be so versatile.”

In fact, that is precisely what makes him such a terrific NBA prospect.

“Versatility is the name of the game in basketball today both in the NBA and internationally,” Givony said.

“It’s a positionless game so you want guys who can handle the ball, can shoot the ball, can pass it and can guard multiple positions.

“With Mojave having that kind of frame and that kind of length – you can see him potentially growing little bit more too – that’s what we are looking for; big guards who can play a lot of different positions.

“When he does get into the NBA he probably will need to become a little bit more of a specialist, but at the youth level you always like to see a guy who can do a little bit of everything.”

That varied skillset is what King has already displayed in the NBL1.

In the middle of a brutal triple-header in the league’s opening round, King came off the bench and scored 24 points in 18 minutes for the CoE against the Ringwood Hawks.

His team went down, so that performance ended up sliding a little under the radar, but it was a thoroughly impressive display.

“That explosion in Ringwood was phenomenal,” Caporn said.

“It sort of snuck through but anyone who was there would’ve gone, ‘What the hell? This kid was born in 2002?’ He was very, very good.”

The next step for Mojave is to decide on his pathway towards the NBA, beyond the Global Academy. It has become the million-dollar question for prospects like him: go to college or turn pro for a year of development against men?

After his head-turning play in Minneapolis, King is about to receive a flood of offers from many of the NCAA’s biggest schools. As Givony described it, “He’s going to have the pick of the litter of American colleges.”

A year of pro ball, however, may be the wiser play prior to getting drafted in 2021.

Truth be told, those opportunities are already knocking on the door. One of Germany’s top pro teams were keen to sign King up last year and he has recently received interest from European powerhouse FC Barcelona.

And while Euro offers will continue to come in, starting his professional career in the NBL is also a legitimate possibility.

“We have definitely sat down and talked about pathways, with US college being one, but we’ve also looked at the pathway of going straight into playing professionally and developing that way as well,” King’s father explained.

“The NBL have been doing a great job. Not only have they developed young Australian talent but they have also developed some young American talent.

“This year they had the kid (Brian) Bowen out from the States and the year before that (Terrance) Ferguson was in Australia playing.

“At the moment we are committed to the AIS and Global Academy in Canberra and at the end of the year we will sit down and assess things and see what is going to be best for his development moving forward.”

The other big question surrounding King has been whether he will play for New Zealand or Australia in future FIBA competitions.

Mojave currently possesses both New Zealand and US citizenship but, having grown up in Australia, he considers himself an Aussie and intends to don the green and gold.

“He is going to play for Australia,” Leonard stated emphatically.

“He was pretty much raised in Australia but he just doesn’t have that passport just yet. We’re working hard to try and get him his Australian passport so he can play for Australia but at the moment he doesn’t have it so he probably won’t be a part of the Australian junior team until we can obtain the Australian passport.”

It’s a decision that will come as a blow to Kiwi hoops, especially considering Leonard’s role as Basketball New Zealand's General Manager of High Performance.

In the shorter term though, King will step out for Queensland South later this week at the Under 18 National Championships. He'll then knuckle down and keep working at the CoE while also playing in the NBL1.

“We just want to make sure he gets better each and every day,” his father explained.

“He’s there in Canberra for a reason and we think being under the tutelage of Adam and Marty, they have developed some very good talents in Australia.

“We’re hopeful they’ll be able to work some magic with Mojave.”

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Two years ago

I think 2023 is a bit early to suggest that would be the core, but I'm totally on board with the excitement of the talent pipeline coming through.

Makur and Green are getting oodles of warranted hype right now, and I'm excited for their futures, but as we've seen with so many of our prospects, nothing's a given, you can't count your chickens before they hatch. I want to continue to see these guys develop, get drafted, and turn in to notable NBA players before we start penciling them in as anything for the N.T.

Exum's injuries have been pretty devastating, he really looked primed for a breakout, and I truly believe if he can stay healthy he's going to live up to his contract and then some. We've had guys that have been hyped up and then underwhelmed - Dante is not one of them. Has development to do but showed elite tools at the NBA level.

Thon's going to need to step up. For all of his struggles at the NBA level, he is damn tall/long, a serious rim protector/rim runner, and can stretch the floor some. But our front-line talent is only going to continue to get stronger, and he's going to have to keep improving to hold his spot. Who knows, maybe Matur steals his spot in an Olympics time if he's still at this level.

Stone's an interesting one. I've only seen some videos and read up on him, and my take is that as a 6'3 SG, is that he could do with a few more inches of size. His shot looks good, and he looks like a good athlete, but at 6'3 I think you need some combination of top notch off the dribble creation, elite athleticism or length, and a degree of play-making, and not sure I've seen that from him to this point.

I like Mojave King's physical tools a bit more from what I've seen, he really stands out as an NBA type, explosive athlete. Again, could stand to grew even a few inches, but he's still 16, so fingers crossed. I'm pretty high on this kid, looked great in those couple of NBL1 games, getting some NBA hype, and is said to be a smart IQ player.

I wouldn't write off Wigness either, again, he's really young, and if he can even get to 6'1/6'2, he's really going to be able to translate his elite ball-handling/creation/vision and active defense in to something special. Obviously at 5'11 or so it's going to severely limit his upside, though.

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Two years ago

"Doesn't do much for Australia's international integrity or reputation:
"We'll only accept you as a refugee if your kids are really athletic, and you agree to sign over custody. Otherwise its off to Manus Island.""


And if you actually go through the legal pathways to get asylum, of course, and don't just hop on a boat, bypass 20 safe countries on the way here so you can seek the best possible welfare cheque from the pocket of other people's tax dollars.

Our population would absolutely explode if we just threw our borders open to just any and everybody without checks and balances, and it would be your comfortable livelihood that would suffer. Who is going to provide jobs, housing, welfare and everything else for these people? You?

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Two years ago

Johnny Smith a 9 year old and his little brother Timmy, 7, are making waves in a local domestic league. While only 4 foot 3, talent scouts are already raving about his court vision and athleticism. Only last week he nearly touched the net, one coach said. Born to a naturalised Japanese pearl fisherman and a Jamaican bob sledding mother the future is bright for the siblings.
Marty Clarke has put them through their paces and whilst they can't make left handed layups yet, Clarke is confident they'll play a big part in the 2028 Olympics. He laments they could be further advanced but their 8pm bedtime hinders their development at this age.
FFS, let these other kids achieve something first before putting them in boomers teams.

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Two years ago

An all black Aussie team that will give the USA a run for its money in the 2023 world cup



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Makur Maker  
Two years ago

anon, many teenagers worldwide are on nba scouts' radars, including wigness and king from Australia. Nba teams do a lot talent scouting to find the next big stars.

It is the same with top European soccer teams ~ they do a lot of talent scouting to stay ahead of the competition. Messi joined Barcelona football club at age 13! Top level sport teams find their next wonderkids by analyzing their skills abd scouting them at an early age, usually under age 13.

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Two years ago

If Johnny and Timmy are also playing Auskick they might already be on AFL radar :)

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Two years ago

Mcdowell-White not black enough plus better player than Wigness/King put together
King overrated at U18 Nationals

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Two years ago

Who's stone?

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Two years ago

Dave put down the crack pipe mate

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Two years ago

DJ, king has much better potential than McDowell white

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Two years ago

Giddey has even more potential imo. Kid will be a 6'8 CG.

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Two years ago

Can always wait another month for the Under 16 championships and get carried away listing every half decent kid with potential FFS.

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Two years ago

I think you know a kids potential by the time they reach u18s. I agree though that it's a bit to early to hype up those that are just entering u16 ajc level.

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Two years ago

The dificulty may be in that our mentors are not capable of recognising talent earlier - rather than the kids not being ready.

I hear that in the States they recruit kids from 12 / 13yrs of age. Of course, not to actually compete in top level sports but to identify, intangibles as well as skills (????), which leads to path-ways etc. And as for Europe. They DO throw them (kids) in at the top!

In QLD, and no doubt, throughout Oz, the AFL send scouts to our juniour rep games. Had one come and ask me several q's about one of our under 16 lads during finals (I directing the scout to the lad's mum).

Not entirely in favour of starting 'em off as early as...., let kids be kids, but it is another way of looking at it.

Heard a radio podcast days ago. A swimmer who was id'ed by a coach when she was 12. Talked to her, to mum and dad, and she went into training. Knew nothing else for next several years, did well at swimming, but apparently nothing else, including happiness. She was saying this herself (she's adult now, in her 30's. And, sorry for use of "she". I just don't know her name.)

Any way, there's 2 ways of looking at early recruitment.

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