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Thon in his side? What do you Maker this new Perth NBA star’s age conundrum?

The yearbook photo purporting to show Thon Maker (bottom right), graduating from the class of 2010.One-time Perth resident Thon Maker had to battle questions over his purported age before he was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks last week.
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But the controversy over when the aspiring NBA star was born just won’t seem to go away.

It was reported that several teams passed over Maker in the draft because of age queries – with some believing he may have been as old as 23, rather than 19.

And now new information has surfaced suggesting that speculation might have some truth to it. Photographs have emerged on a reddit thread placing Maker in Aranmore College’s “class of 2010.”

If that was the case and Maker graduated from year 12 in Perth at that time, he would be pushing 23 at the moment. At least one of the fellow students in the profile photographs surrounding Maker is now 23, according to Facebook.

Even if you took a conservative approach and tabbed Maker as graduating in a Year 10 class, that would make him 21.

Maker is considered a raw talent who needs to put on significant bulk to play in the keyway in the NBA and would be an enticing prospect at 19; but perhaps less so if four years older.

Video showing someone leafing through the yearbook would seem to suggest it has not been photographically manipulated.

Aranmore College was unable to shed any light on the situation due to privacy reasons, saying it would not confirm – or deny – the authenticity of the photograph without the “express consent of Thon Maker.”

Maker, who came to Perth as a refugee from Sudan, later moved to Sydney and then the US, where he became an overnight sensation because of a mixtape of the seven-footer showcasing seemingly guard-like skills went viral.

He later moved from the US to Canada, where he was able to prove to the NBA that he had graduated from the Canadian high school system in 2015 – and that he had attended school as a post-graduate student in 2016, by his own choice.

This allowed Maker to become effectively the first high school student to be taken in the first round of the NBA draft since a 2005 change to the league’s collective bargaining agreement placed a ban on prep-to-pro players.

Maker was taken by the Bucks with the 10th pick.

He is not the first sporting star to face questions about his age. Another Canadian “high schooler” Jonathon Nicola was recently found to be 30 rather than 17, while there was speculation in 2014 that Lazio youth soccer player Joseph Minola was 41 and not 17.

Minola later proved his younger age and threatened to sue publications suggesting otherwise.

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