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Malik Newman Remains #1 Prospect in 2015 Class
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (12:19 AM CT, Mon August 27, 2012)
Malik Newman holds on to the #1 spot in 2015
Malik Newman holds on to the #1 spot in 2015
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

Future150 GM / Senior National Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball.

Nashville, TN (Future150) -- Another summer has come and gone, and while Future150 has reshuffled several of the prospects in the 2015 national rankings, the name at the top remains the same.

Malik Newman, the best prospect to come out of Mississippi in several years, is still Future150's choice as the best prospect in his class as he heads into his sophomore year at Callaway High School.

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound combo guard is developing point guard skills to go along with his natural scoring instincts, which will definitely help him further his basketball career. Not only is he a naturally athletic prospect, but through hard work and determination, he is constantly improving.

Rising to No. 2 in the country is New Jersey's Karl Towns Jr. After having a solid freshman season at St. Joseph's High School (NJ), he was able to improve further by getting the chance to compete with the Dominican National Team this summer under Kentucky head coach John Calipari. Right now, he is a power forward prospect who is capable of making a transition to small forward by the time he finishes his high school career.

Checking in at No. 3 is dual-sport athlete Mickey Mitchell. The small forward/quarterback is an impressive athlete at 6-foot-7 who runs the floor, can knock down jump shots, and plays intense defense. Look for him to continue to improve this season while playing alongside stud senior Julius Randle at Prestonwood Christian (TX).

Diamond StoneFuture150's top ranked center in the 2015, hails from Wisconsin. At 6-foot-10, he bruises defenders on the inside and thrives by attacking the basket at all times. His very impressive spring and summer catapulted him six spots in the rankings.

Rounding out our top five is Texas shooting guard King McClure. He is an elite scorer who can carry his team on the offensive end of the floor. He is also an aggressive defender who loves to guard the opposing team's best offensive player.

At No. 6 in the country, Marcus LoVett represents the West Coast with his elite ball-handling and his ability to attack the rim at will. Georgia small forward Kejuan Johnson follows him at No. 7 in the rankings. New Jersey guard Isaiah Briscoe checks in at No. 8 in the country, and is rising fast.

New to the Future150 rankings is Oakland's Ivan Rabb, a 6-foot-8 power forward. Las Vegas big man Stephen Zimmerman will be following in the footsteps of Shabazz Muhammed at Bishop Gorman High School (NV) this year, looking to continue the program's long line of success. No. 10 in the national rankings is Luke Kennard, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Ohio.

Along with Bishop O'Dowd (CA) big man Ivan Rabbseveral players made a significant jump in the Future150 rankings.

Daniel Giddens jumped from No. 18 to No. 13. Florida combo guard Dwayne Bacon rose from No. 20 to No. 15. Danjel Purifoy climbs from No. 29 all the way to No. 17. Making a huge leap from No. 37 to No. 20 is Georgia's Jaylen Brown, one of the most athletic guards in his class. Perhaps the most physically imposing prospect in the 2015 class, 6-foot-9, 305-pound West Virginia center Levi Cook, climbed 15 spots from No. 45 to No. 32.

Newcomers making their debut into the rankings for the first time are 6-foot-8 inch PF Paul ThomasPG Jo Jo Anderson, and SF Etorrian Wilridge, all out of Houston, Texas.  Point guard Cedric Barefield and SF Cameron Walker both had huge summers for one of the top teams in the country, the Compton Magic.



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