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Malik Newman Still King of Star-Studded 2015 Class
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (3:01 PM CT, Tue October 30, 2012)
2015 CG Malik Newman still #1 player in the country.
2015 CG Malik Newman still #1 player in the country.
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

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

Nashville, TN (Future150) -- With the start of the high school basketball season upon us, the sophomore class of 2015 is ready to take center stage in the high school basketball recruiting world. At such a young age, there hasn't been much consistency with these prospects, many of whom have been growing rapidly, both physically and on the floor as well.

One prospect who has stayed consistent has been Mississippi combo guard Malik Newman.The 6-foot-3i nch Callaway High School standout has used his tireless work ethic and standout summer and early fall performances to remain atop the Future150 national rankings.

Sitting at #2 in the rankings is New Jersey big man Karl Towns Jr., the 6-foot-10 inch, 225-pound power forward from St. Joseph's High School. The smooth post player has versatility to play both forward positions, and can also play the center position at the high school level.

Diamond Stone slides up to #3 in the rankings after a big summer and a standout performance at the USA Basketball 16U mini-camp. The 6'9", big bodied post player has agile footwork and solid post moves in the low block. He has also proved he is a very skilled low post passer.

Mickey Mitchellthe 6-foot-7 inch Prestonwood Christian Academy (TX) multi-sport star, checks in at #4 in the Future150 rankings. The skilled small forward is an adept slasher and a phenomenal passer for a player his size.

Rounding out the top five is Future150 Camp alum and Texas shooting guard King McClure of Triple A Academy. The 6-foot-3 inch power guard is a born scorer and he is learning to play the point guard position, which will make him very dangerous over the next three years.

Oakland Bishop O'Dowd power forward Ivan Rabb continues to rise in the rankings, and now sits at #6 in the country. Another California prospect, Marcus LoVett Jr.checks in at #7. The electric point guard can dominate a game by scoring or distributing the rock.

Physical small forward KeJuan Johnson of Wheeler High School (GA) sits at #8 in the rankings. The bruising forward is starting to expand his game and improve his shooting from the perimeter.

Isaiah Briscoea 6-foo-3 inch point guard from New Jersey power St. Benedict's Prep, is Future150's #9 prospect. He is a very good decision maker and can control a game better than many at the high schoo level.

Las Vegas big man Stephen Zimmerman of Bishop Gorman High School rounds out the top 10. He is a super skilled lefty who is continuing to expand his game, as well as improving his athleticism.

Alabama's Danjel Purifoy rises all the way to #13 in the latest 2015 rankings. The 6-foot-6 inch shooting guard absolutely dominated the Future150 Birmingham Camp with his skills and length. Look for him to rise even further as his skills develop even more.

K.J. Hill of Bryant High School (AR) leaps all the way to #49 in the class with his standout performance at the Future150 Houston Camp. The 6-foot shooting guard has a deadly mid range game and is proving that his hard work on the floor is beginning to pay off on a national scale.

Houston native Jo Jo Anderson of Houston has proved over the past six months that he is one of the best point guards in his class. The 6-foot-2 inch floor general is a cerebral floor general who is always in control of the game.

Paul Thomas of Summer Creek High School (TX) impressed the Future150 staff this fall with his skill set, and he sits at #36 in the country. The 6-foot-8 inch power forward is a skilled prospect who loves to slash to the basket and finish with both hands. He also has very good ball skills for a player his size. A very high upside player.

There are several talented players making their debut in the 2015 rankings. Marlon Hunter (#52), Marcus Watson (#59), Prince Ali (#61), Kwinton Hinson (#75), Kevin Murph (#78), Devin Cooper (#79), Chris McNeal (#83), Josh Speidel (#85), and Hasan Abdullah (#89), Thaddeus Middleton (#100).

Click Here for the entire 2015 Future150 National Rankings List.

Two Future150 Main Event Tournaments for the upcoming spring have been announced for March 29-31, 2013 in Houston, TX and April 5-7, 2013 in Birmingham, AL. Age Groups 12U-17U.  Call Jason Pratt at 312-953-9130 to reserve your spot.

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