Maker's move raises questions

Last week's news that the nation's top-ranked rising junior Thon Maker, and his brother Matur Maker, would transfer from the Carlisle School in Virginia to Athlete Institute in Canada was met by criticism, speculation and intrigue.

The criticism was largely directed toward Maker's guardian, Ed Smith, who is set to join the Athlete Institute staff as an assistant coach. This move means Maker will be heading to his third high school in three years.

Speculation surrounding the switch focused not only on the motives for such a move, but also the possibility that there could be a correlated move on the AAU circuit, as Athlete Institute has a well-documented relationship with CIA Bounce, Canada's sole member of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL).