UK recruit Newman takes top spot in ESPN rankings

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Sep 252013
 
Malik Newman is considered the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2015. He has a UK scholarship offer. Photo: USA Basketball

Malik Newman is considered the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2015. He has a UK scholarship offer.
Photo: USA Basketball

Call it unanimous — Malik Newman is the best basketball prospect in the Class of 2015.

ESPN updated its rankings Wednesday, and Newman took the top spot away from California big man Ivan Rabb. Newman — a 6-foot-3 combo guard from Mississippi — is also rated No. 1 in the class by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports.

John Calipari is hoping he signs up to be a Kentucky Wildcat.

Newman was one of the first players in the class to receive a UK scholarship offer, and Calipari and his assistants watched him play several times over the spring and summer. Just about every major program in the country has expressed interest in his recruitment.

Stephen Zimmerman — a 7-footer from Las Vegas — is No. 2 in ESPN’s new rankings. Calipari visited with Zimmerman and his family earlier this month. Rabb checked in at No. 3 and is expecting a visit from Calipari and UK assistant Orlando Antigua this week.

Both Zimmerman and Rabb have UK scholarship offers.

The other four players with UK offers are Memphis forward Skal Labissiere (8th), Chicago guard Charles Matthews (11th), Philadelphia wing Derrick Jones (18th) and Ohio shooting guard Luke Kennard (24th).

Cleveland power forward Carlton Bragg — who will take an unofficial visit to UK on Friday — is No. 10 on the list. Every player in the top 30 is uncommitted.

FULL RANKINGS: ESPN’s Top 60 players in 2015

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