Starting 5: USA U16's new look
Malik Newman, others adopt team-first mentality at U16 tryouts
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RecruitingNation: USA Basketball U16 tryoutsDave Telep breaks down some of the impact players in Colorado Springs, Colo., as the U16 U.S. Men's National Team roster was trimmed from 30 players to 12.Tags: Josh Jackson, Malik Newman, Ivan Rabb, Diamond Stone, Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, USA Basketball, Dave Telep, ESPN 60, ESPN 25, RecruitingNation, high school basketball recruiting
Editor's note: Every week in "Starting 5," we'll roll out five stories, themes and nuggets from the basketball recruiting world to set the table with the stories that need to be told and give you a leg up on the watercooler conversations around the office.
This week we look back at the USA Basketball U16 tryouts that were held in Colorado Springs, Colo., the team's renewed focus on pure hoops, Malik Newman's evolution during the tryouts and picks for the top player in each class for the impending ESPN 100, 60 and 25 rankings.
1. Malik Newman is undergoing major changes
Two weeks ago, Malik Newman was lauded for his ability to score and do it from all over the floor all the time. We all knew Newman, the nation's No. 4 sophomore, could get buckets. With his high school team and travel squad, he's been a volume shooter and big number scorer. At USA Basketball last weekend, Newman showcased a completely different side of his game.
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