Malik Newman is the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2015, and it looks like it’s going to stay that way.
The Mississippi guard told Drew Messmer of All Metro Hoops that there is “no possibility at all” that he will move to the Class of 2014 in order to get to college a year early.
Callaway High School Coach David Sanders told the Herald-Leader last month that Newman had never even discussed reclassification, despite rumors that he might move up a class.
Even if Newman did reclassify, he wouldn’t be eligible for the NBA Draft until 2016. That means he would have to spend two seasons in college before having the option to go pro. NBA rules say that U.S.-born players must be at least 19 years old on or during the calendar year of the draft to be eligible. Newman won’t turn 19 until 2016.
UK Coach John Calipari visited Newman last month and he remains a top UK recruiting target for 2015.