Back in 2011, Thon Maker made it to the front page of Yahoo -- due to a YouTube video and a short blog post proclaiming him to be the “best 14-year-old in the world” and the “next Kevin Durant.”
He was in the eighth grade at the time -- and he hated the attention.
Maker’s guardian, Ed Smith, recalls going to lunch with Maker after the story went viral, and Maker wouldn’t get out of the car because he didn’t want to deal with people coming up to him.
More than four years later, things have changed.
Maker and a couple of his Athlete Institute (Canada) teammates visited ESPN’s campus earlier this month before their game at the Hoophall Classic. And this time, Maker was soaking in the attention. He was taking selfies with people, going on Snapchat and acting like the future star that he is.
While Maker was on campus, we sat down with him for a Q&A. (The following transcript was edited for clarity and length.)
Jeff Borzello, ESPN.com: I want to start with recruiting stuff. Are you still at your five schools?