RALEIGH, N.C. – Orangeville Prep (Ontario, Canada) forward Thon Maker doesn’t want to make Tuesday’s game against Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.) about him and Trojans star forward Harry Giles III.
Instead, he wants the focus to be on the two teams as they meet in the High School OT Holiday Invitation’s John wall bracket title game at 8:30 p.m. ET
Orangeville knocked off Trinity Christian School (Fayetteville, N.C.), 79-75, in Monday’s semifinal game to advance.
“We came here as a team and our goal was to win as a team,” said Maker, who scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the win. “Harry’s a great player. We’ve actually never played against each other in front of a crowd before. This will be the first time for that.”
Good luck downplaying the matchup now.
The intrigue is understandable; Giles, who scored 31 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the Trojans semifinal win Monday night, is ranked No. 4 in the 247 Sports 100, Maker is ranked No. 5.
Giles is 6-foot-10 and Maker is 7-feet tall. Both can handle the ball like a guard, find the open man with precision and knock down the perimeter jump shot.
Hard to believe Maker won’t consider the matchup, even just a little.
“I’ll probably think about it a little bit,” Maker said. “But we’re here to get the title and that’s the thing I’m focusing on the most. Not that matchup.”