Insider the rankings: Hello, Newman 

September, 27, 2013
On Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation released its updated 2015 ESPN 60, and with it, crowned a new No. 1 player in the junior class: shooting guard Malik Newman (Callaway/Jackson, Miss.). In a class known for its bigs -- nine of the top 15 players in the ESPN 60 are either power forwards or centers -- Newman takes over the top spot because of his elite ability to score.

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AP Photo/Damen Jackson via Triple Play New MediaMalik Newman's ability to put the ball in the basket makes him the Class of 2015's most dangerous weapon.
Newman edged out super skilled left-hander Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman/Las Vegas), who jumped five spots to No. 2 overall, and Ivan Rabb (Bishop O'Dowd/Oakland, Calif.), who is the best athlete and finisher in the class. Rabb plays the game with an energy and motor that sets him apart. Ben Simmons (Montverde/Melbourne, Fla.), the No. 4 overall prospect, was also in the conversation as he possesses a blend of bounce, a soft shooting touch beyond the arc and above-average passing abilities.

Newman had been ranked No. 3, but it became evident this summer that he has the ability to alter the game with his scoring talents.