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Friday / October 19.
  • Thon Maker Visits Kansas, Then Plays in Front of Bill Self

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    Thon Maker visited Kansas on Friday night and then played in front of Jayhawks head coach Bill Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend this weekend.

    The 7-footer from Orangeville Prep in Ontario (Canada) sat behind the Kansas bench Friday for their home opener, a 109-72 win over Northern Colorado.

    “Thon does want to do an official to Kansas,” his guardian, Ed Smith, told “He was at their home opener unofficially.”

    On Thursday, Maker listed Arizona State, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Notre Dame and St. John’s as the schools recruiting him the hardest.

    Maker will choose a college in the spring and is also hoping to take official visits to Arizona State and Notre Dame, Smith told previously

    “As the season goes on, that’s what we look forward to do,” Maker recently told “Last year I got a chance to take a few visits on the road so I really want to do something like that again. I know I’ll definitely take a few, if not all my officials on the road also, but I don’t know any particular dates.”

    Meantime, Maker on Sunday went for 29 points Sunday as Athlete Institute lost to Sunrise Christian 76-72 at the Tornado Alley Showcase in Wichita, KS.

    Coaches from Texas A&M, Wichita State and elsewhere also watched.


    Kansas also watches Josh Jackson, Rawle Alkins & Trevon Duval

    Kansas head coach Bill Self also watched 6-7 2016 wing Josh Jackson of Prolific Prep, 6-4 2016 guard Rawle Alkins of Word of God (N.C.) and 6-3 2017 point guard Trevon Duval of Advanced Prep Institute at the event. Jackson hasn’t taken any officials and is also considering Arizona and Michigan State, among others. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo watched Jackson a week ago. He is a projected Top-5 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by The 6-4 Alkins recently cut his list to include eight schools, including Kansas. The 6-2 Duval holds offers from numerous schools, including Kansas, and has yet to set any officials, his father told

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.