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Thon Maker's NBA expectations are 'ridiculous' says scout

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Thon Maker could well be the next big basketball star of the future, but a scout says that any expectations of him making the NBA are 'ridiculous' at this stage. 

It's hard not to get over excited though about the 16 year-old high school player that stands at 7ft 1inches, as he has dominated opponents every game this season for Carlisle High School. 

The intangibles that Maker has are obvious from the mixtape that went viral early this week. However, Scott Phillips, a national AAU scout who has worked for NBC, Rivals and Scout, says it's unfair to judge Thon to early. 

"I just think it's ridiculous the standard that we're placing on our high school basketball players, specifically sophomores," Phillips told SB Nation

"It's unfair to the kids, first of all, who are just playing. And they aren't producing these mixtapes themselves for publicity. They aren't trying to emulate their games after certain people. They're certainly not trying to add pressure to themselves."

Because of his height and slim build, he has drawn comparisons with Kevin Durant, but Phillips feels he's more like Baylor's big man Isiash Austin. 

"Thon Maker isn't really even that close to Kevin Durant, in terms of how they model their games after each other. He's more a long, 7-foot, skilled, active presence, who you could probably compare at the recent college level more to Isiash Austin."

To take these highlight reels to seriously is maybe a mistake, but you can't help but enjoy them in all of their glory. 

The major mixtape company that provides that majority of these awesome videos is Ballislife, and the first video of Maker was done by employee Scott Comeau, who explained. 

"We don't do rankings. We don't do recruiting gossip. Right now, we're just kind of keeping it all positive. It's entertainment."

To see the latest video that went viral earlier this week see the video above. 

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