As of yesterday afternoon, there is a new number one recruit for the class of 2015 according to Rivals.com’s rankings. Malik Newman, a combo guard from Jackson, Mississippi, rose from third overall to the top after what has been a great summer so far for the young man. Ivan Rabb, out of California who was formerly number one dropped down to Newman’s old spot at third.
Newman is a great scorer, as demonstrated in this highlight video.
The summer started off for Newman at the Elite Youth Basketball League where he led the league in scoring with 24.7 points per game. He followed that effort up by leading team USA’s under 16 team to a gold medal at the most recent FIBA competition. Among some of the best players in his age bracket, Newman averaged 16.2 points per game.
While he is still developing, Newman might be one of the purest scorers in recent memory. He has an uncanny ability to create his own shot wherever he wants to take it and an amazing shooting stroke to go along with it. He is quick with the ball, quick without it and plays extremely well in transition. Defenses can try to key in on him but it doesn’t seem to have any sort of effect on Newman who just keeps on scoring.
Not only is he already a great scorer, Newman is still really raw and growing every day. As a combo guard, he is getting better at creating for others and learning how to play in a system. He has shown the ability to pick new concepts and plays up really quickly. Once he has learned something, he doesn’t forget it and adds it to his arsenal of moves.
At 6″3, he has good height already for a guard and may keep growing. He is a good athlete with the potential to be a great defender as well as an offensive threat. He has yet to commit to a school but he has gotten a lot of scholarship offers already. It certainly looks like the next couple of recruiting classes are giving it their all not to pale in comparison to 2013’s star studded group.