#OTRHoopsReport: Prospect Eval – Malik Newman – May 21, 2014
Malik Newman solidified his reputation as the top prospect in 2015 at Nike EYBL Boo Williams.
*Photo Credit Jon Lopez (Nike)
Editor’s Note: “Prospect Eval” is a regular piece designed to inform our readers of the staff’s most recent evaluation on a prospect.
Nike EYBL Boo Williams Evaluation: Malik Newman
Malik Newman of Jackson, Miss., put a stranglehold on the top spot in the class of 2015 last weekend at the Nike EYBL Hampton event. He opened up the weekend by dropping 36 points in a victory over King James Shooting Stars. Simply stated, no one could stop him. He zoomed past defenders in the open court and left them leaning the wrong way in the half court. At 6-foot-4, Newman has a diversified skill set in that he can hit jumpers, finish at the rim versus contact and operate out of the pinch post in an isolation set. Neither Luke Kennard of Franklin, Ohio, (Duke commit) or AJ Harris of Dayton, Ohio, (Ohio State commit) could slow up Newman in any fashion. For the weekend Jackson walked away averaging 29 points along with 4.5 rebounds per game.
Newman will be a closely followed prospect next high school season as he is slated to play at Prime Prep Academy. Newman will follow in the footsteps of top 5 prospect in the class of 2014 Emmanuel Mudiay of Dallas, Texas, who signed to play Southern Methodist University and Larry Brown. Newman may compare favorably to Mudiay in stature and talent, but they differ in that Newman is a scoring minded guard who distributes as a counter to double teams. Early in this year’s recruiting year, 6-10 post Diamond Stone of Milwaukee, Wisc., stated this weekend that he and Newman are a package deal. Schools such as Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State and Connecticut have all been linked in the recruitment of both of the 5-star prospect.
Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on twitter @JLHemingwayPSB
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