DALLAS, Texas - Saturday was a good day for 2015 guard Malik Newman at the Nike EYBL as he continues to establish himself as the best prospect in his class and perhaps the best on the circuit regardless of class.
6-4 guard Malik Newman has the complete package.
In the morning session, Newman led the Jackson Tigers to an impressive 75-71 win over the Oakland Soldiers. Playing primarily at the point guard position, he scored 20 points on 8-15 shooting, but more importantly he controlled the action with his physical and skilled style of play.
In the afternoon session, the Jackson Tigers lost 87-79 to the Spiece Indy Heat, but Newman put further distance between himself and the field as the leading scorer in the EYBL with a 36 point performance on 13-20 shooting from the field including 6-8 from three.
Plenty will be written concerning Newman, but as has been written on 247Sports before, he has NBA combo guard written all over him.
As far as his recruitment goes, Newman's father Horatio Webster said his son his being recruited vigorously by the whole SEC. Although Kentucky hasn't "officially" offered, the Wildcats are aggressively recruiting Newman and would certainly take a commitment. Outside the SEC, Arizona is recruiting him the hardest. Michigan and North Carolina were other schools that came up although Newman is virtually being recruited by every school in the country according to his father.
GETTING TO THE POINT
Or actually the point was sort of lost in the blowout 98-70 win by E1T1 over Howard Pulley. The anticipated match up between top point guards Tyus Jones and Joel Berry (North Carolina recruit) never gained much traction as both players started the game in less than top form and the score became lopsided so quickly.
Regardless, there is no denying the Berry got the better of Jones in this match up. Berry put up 10 points and 11 assists to three turnovers. Jones countered with 18 points and four assists to five turnovers.
Bottom line was that the much less talented Howard Pulley team needed a Herculean effort by Jones to have a chance, and he didn't come close to meeting that demand.
Dion Wiley can stroke it from deep.
* Perhaps the top three-point shooter in the EYBL along with Devin Mitchell, Dion Wiley is being recruited strongest by Maryland, Georgetown, Florida, Miami and Indiana. He is also considering Virginia, Virginia Tech and Florida State.
* Physical small forward Stanley Johnson continues to have a strong spring. His recruitment appears to be headed towards an epic battle of top programs across the country.
Duke is now involved but hasn't offered yet. Kansas recently offered. Oregon, Arizona, Kentucky, Florida, USC and UCLA are also in hot pursuit.
Johnson does not expect to sign early in the fall, so this is a recruitment that will likely drag on at least into 2014.
* 2015 shooting guard Matt McQuaid hit three critical three-pointers in Team Texas' come from behind win over the Texas Titans. More than just a shooter, McQuaid has a strong all around game as a high major prospect.
Only Boise State and San Francisco have offered to this point, but McQuaid feels that Alabama is on the verge of offering, and he is also hearing from Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
* McQuaid's backcourt teammate Austin Grandstaff hit the three-pointer to give Team Texas its lead at the end.
Grandstaff told 247Sports that Iowa State is the most recent school to offer him and that Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Ole Miss are coming on strong in his recruitment. He is also considering previous offers from Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Marquette.
* The Texas Titans built their lead over Team Texas largely behind the inside play of 6-10, 270-pound Tyler Davis. Unfortunately, the skilled, space controlling post player didn't get many touches down the stretch.
SMU has offered Davis, and he said Arizona is recruiting him the hardest of all schools. He is also hearing from Kansas, Iowa and Tulsa.
But make no mistake about it, Kansas is his dream school.
"I want to go to Kansas," said Davis. "Bill Self is a great coach. I'd love to play for him."
* TyQuone Greer has made himself noticed with his hard-nosed rebounding and skilled ball handling at 6-7, 200-pounds.
He currently has offers from Auburn, DePaul, Illinois, Illinois State, Bradley and Providence. Arkansas and Baylor are pursuing him the hardest of the schools that haven't offered, and he is also hearing from Miami, St. Louis and Iowa.
In June he plans to visit Iowa and Providence.