Malik Newman is widely considered to be the #1 player in the 2015 class, but there has been some buzz recently about him reclassifying to 2014. Newman (who is rumored to heavily favor the Cats) doesn’t turn 19 until 2016, which means he won’t be eligible for the NBA Draft until then. If he reclassifies to the 2014 class, that means he’ll have to stay in school for two years.
Newman’s high school coach David Sanders spoke to the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts and downplayed rumors that he will reclassify, but didn’t completely rule them out:
“I don’t really see it happening,” he told the Herald-Leader. “But I definitely wouldn’t rule it out. I know he can play on that level right now.”
However, Sanders did say that the elite guard’s thirst for competition may be a reason he’d consider reclassifying:
“On the high school level, there’s not a lot of kids like him,” he said. “He’s looking for the best competition possible.”
John Calipari reportedly visited Newman at his home in Jackson Mississippi this week, so even if he doesn’t reclassify, it’s time to get to know his work: