by Franklyn Calle / @FrankieC7

While our top-ranked prospect from the Class of 2014 Tyus Jones led Nike’s EYBL regular season in total points, our continuing top-ranked member in the Class of 2015 Malik Newman led the EYBL in scoring average with 24.7 points per game. The 6-4 shooting guard was also his team’s leading rebounder as of last week.

Scoring seems to come naturally to Newman, and while he’s shown the ability of being a combo-guard, he’d ideally be a 2-guard at the next level. It wasn’t just his AAU performance that keep him at the top of this list, he also posted 23 points and 5.3 rebounds per game during the HS season, leading Callaway (Jackson, MS) to the Class 5A state title for the second straight year, and was subsequently earning MaxPrep’s National Sophomore of the Year.

Ivan Rabb comes in at a very close second after also having his presence felt in the AAU circuit and the HS season, where he averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds, leading Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, CA) to the North Coast Section title. Diamond Stone, also trailing very closely behind him, led his team to a state title as well—its second consecutive—after putting up double-double averages of his own. Both big man dominated the paint like no others in the class have.

All in all, you can’t go wrong with either of the top three at No. 1. All three demonstrated this past season that aside from being great individual players, they’re proven winners.

RANKPLAYERHTPOSSCHOOLWHY?
1Malik Newman6-3SGCallaway (MS)Led Nike’s EYBL with a regular-season scoring average of 24.7 points; can do it in just about every way.
2Ivan Rabb6-8PFBishop O’Dowd (CA)Explosive forward with soft touch around the rim. Led Nike’s EYBL in rejections with 3.2 blocks per game and among top rebounders with 11.2 boards.
3Diamond Stone6-9CDominican (WI)Averaged 16.9 points and 11.6 rebounds, leading Dominican to a second straight state title as a sophomore.
4Ben Simmons6-8SFMontverde (FL)Made is American HS debut at the NHSI and lived up to the hype.
5Stephen Zimmerman6-10CBishop Gorman (NV)Took over the reigns at Gorman for Shabazz Muhammad, averaging 13 points and 11 rebounds and helping the Gaels win the state championship.
6Elijah Thomas6-9PFPrime Prep (TX)Strong presence in the paint on both ends of the floor.
7Daniel Giddens6-10CWheeler (GA)Excels on the post and in crashing the boards.
8Mickey Mitchell6-7SFPrestonwood (TX)Suffered a season-ending ACL injury back in November, but nonetheless is one of the most versatile forwards in the nation with the ability to play multiple positions.
9Tyler Dorsey6-4SGSt. John Bosco (CA)Averaged over 17 points, 6.1 assists, 4.5 rebounds as a sophomore, one of the most well-rounded prospects in the class.
10Charles Matthews6-4SGSt. Rita (IL)Slick wing who does a great job deluding defenders.
11Thomas Bryant6-9PFBishop Kearney (NY)Although he does most of his damage in the paint, he’s demonstrating the ability to step out and sink it from respectable distance.
12King McClure6-3SGTriple A (TX)Following his impressive freshman season, McClure picked up where he left off and averaged about 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.
13Marcus LoVett Jr5-11PGProvidence (CA)Explosive lefty guard with great handle and ability to break down the defense.
14Perry Dozier6-0SGSpring Valley (SC)Smart guard who does a great job coordinating the offense and controlling the tempo.
15Horace Spencer6-8PFWilliam Tennent (PA)Excels in transition and on the boards, as well as contesting shots.
16Jaylen Brown6-5SFWheeler (GA)Offensively, Brown has demonstrated the ability to do a bit of everything on the floor, including creating for others.
17Jessie Govan6-9CSt. Mary’s (NY)A force in the paint and promising upside.
18KJ Lawson6-6SFHamilton (TN)Smooth jumper and handle.
19DJ Williams6-5SGSimeon (IL)Can split the defense and finish at the rim, as well as sink it from mid-range or behind the perimeter.
20William Jackson6-4PGAthens Christian (GA)Jackson can play either guard position and is great at finding the open man, but has a jumper to show for.
21Malachi Richardson6-5SGRoselle Catholic (NJ)One of the top shooters in this class.
22Aaron Holiday6-1SGCampbell Hall (CA)Brother of NBAer Jrue Holiday, Holiday continues to showcase his scoring prowess.
23Skal Labissiere6-9CEvangelical Christian (TN)Has stood out for his ability to contest and reject shots.
24Carlton Bragg6-9PFVilla Angela/St. Joseph (OH)Does work in the post, but also has a respectable mid-range game.
25Isaiah Briscoe6-3SGSt. Benedict’s (NJ)Led his team to the NHSI championship, and has shown the ability to excel at either guard position.