SLAM Fresh 25 – 2015
Malik Newman remains the freshest in the class.
by Franklyn Calle / @FrankieC7
We gave you the updated rankings for the new senior class of 2014 last week. Now it’s time to update the rising juniors, class of 2015. At the top of the list, Malik Newman continues to prove he is deserving of the title after another impressive offseason performance in the AAU circuit. The 6-3 guard led the Nike EYBL (recognized as the top AAU league nationwide) in scoring during its four sessions with 24.7 points per game. Some even consider him the top scorer in the nation, regardless of class.
Like always, though, there are some new additions to the list. Just like Myles Turner’s NBPA Top 100 performance landed him among the top-15 prospects in the senior group, Cheick Diallo’s MVP outing in that same camp in Virginia also placed him in the top-15 bracket. It should be noted that neither one were nationally ranked at the start of spring. Also making his top-25 debut is Derrick Jones. The athletic wing out of Philly, where I watched him play at least four times at the Reebok Classic Breakout in July, has garnered national attention for excelling in crashing the boards (on both ends) and living above the rim, along with possessing a respectable jumper. Other new additions to the top-25 group include Luke Kennard, Chase Jeter, Eric Davis and Dwayne Bacon.
Guys that almost made the list include Allonzo Trier, Perry Dozier, William Jackson, Jalen Brunson, KJ Lawson and Aaron Holiday.
|1||Malik Newman||6-3||SG||Callaway (MS)||Arguably the top scorer in the country.|
|2||Stephen Zimmerman||6-11||C||Bishop Gorman (NV)||Very versatile big that can hit you with a three-pointer, hook shot, or just fly in for a dunk.|
|3||Ivan Rabb||6-8||PF||Bishop O’Dowd (CA)||Explosive forward with the soft touch around the rim. Active defensively on the boards and contesting shots.|
|4||Diamond Stone||6-10||C||Dominican (WI)||Averaged 16.9 points and 11.6 rebounds as a sophomore, leading Dominican to a second straight state title.|
|5||Tyler Dorsey||6-4||SG||St. 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.|
|6||Ben Simmons||6-8||SF||Montverde (FL)||Originally from Australia, Simmons made his American HS debut in the spring and we saw his impact right away.|
|7||Skal Labissiere||6-9||C||Evangelical Christian (TN)||Has stood out for his ability to contest and reject shots.|
|8||Cheick Diallo||6-8||PF||Our Savior New American (NY)||Has earned great notoriety for his defensive prowess.|
|9||Carlton Bragg||6-9||PF||Villa Angela/St. Joseph (OH)||Does work in the post, but also has a respectable mid-range game.|
|10||Charles Matthews||6-4||SG||St. Rita (IL)||Slick wing who does a great job deluding defenders.|
|11||Jaylen Brown||6-6||SF||Wheeler (GA)||Offensively, Brown has demonstrated the ability to do a bit of everything on the floor, including creating for others.|
|12||Elijah Thomas||6-9||PF||Prime Prep (TX)||Strong presence in the paint on both ends of the floor.|
|13||Thomas Bryant||6-9||PF||Bishop Kearney (NY)||He’s demonstrating the ability to step out and sink it from respectable distance, aside from his well-known prowess in the paint.|
|14||Derrick Jones||6-6||PF||Archbishop Carroll (PA)||Tremendous athlete that gets up there.|
|15||Luke Kennard||6-5||SG||Franklin (OH)||This lefty does what sharpshooters do.|
|16||Mickey Mitchell||6-7||SF||Prestonwood (TX)||Although he missed his sophomore season due to an ACL injury, he’s highly regarded as one of the most versatile forwards in the nation with the ability to play multiple positions.|
|17||King McClure||6-3||PG/SG||Triple 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.|
|18||Malachi Richardson||6-6||SG/SF||Roselle Catholic (NJ)||One of the top shooters in this class.|
|19||Isaiah Briscoe||6-3||PG/SG||Roselle Catholic (NJ)||His handles are second to none and therefore can create with the best of them.|
|20||Chase Jeter||6-8||PF||Bishop Gorman (NV)||Skilled forward with quick bounces off the ground and a smooth inside-outside game.|
|21||Daniel Giddens||6-10||C||Wheeler (GA)||Excels on the post and in crashing the boards.|
|22||Montaque Gill-Ceasar||6-5||SG||Huntington Prep (WV)||Canada’s next-in-line coveted guard has a knack for scoring.|
|23||Eric Davis||6-3||SG||Arthur Hill (MI)||Skilled shooter that can also put the ball on the floor and create.|
|24||Dwayne Bacon||6-6||SF||McKeel Academy (FL)||He can do a little bit of everything on the offensive end.|
|25||Marcus LoVett Jr.||5-11||PG||Providence (CA)||Explosive lefty guard with great handle and ability to break down the defense.|