An Australian basketball gun who was first spotted playing soccer in Western Australia, is setting high-school basketball fans and commentators in America wild.
Thon Maker, 18, is a South Sudanese refugee whose remarkable 216 cm frame coupled with staggering athleticism has become the envy of America.
Maker goes to school at Orangeville District Secondary School in Ontario, Canada, but this week he played at a highly rated grassroots basketball tournament in Las Vegas known as Fab 48.
Up against some of the country’s most fancied young stars Maker was by all reports extremely impressive.
However one move in isolation made fans in the stands look visibly shocked and full of awe.
A combination of astounding skill, balance and agility, added to the fact the feat was against Bam Adebayo (himself highly touted), has stunned the sport’s avid fans.
Despite the title of the video, Maker does not break Adebayo’s ankles. That’s merely a euphemism for bamboozling someone on the court so much that they lose balance.
Watch the move, observe the reactions and you’ll see what we mean.
Maker burst onto the US basketball scene in 2014 but has since experienced a mixed time in the system.
This week he told IndyStar about the work he has been doing to put muscle onto his wiry yet giant frame.
He started lifting weights five times a day and eats seven times every 24 hours.
Pundits say that renewed work on his body has resulted in a steep improvement in his play recently. The video from the recent Fab 48 tournament has served to vindicate them.
If this form continues, Maker should find himself in the NBA alongside fellow Aussies Andrew Bogut and Matthew Dellavedova.