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Recruiting Package Deal of the Year

Malik Newman and Diamond Stone

 The recruitment deal of the year, 2015 high school recruits Malik Newman and Diamond Stone have confirmed that they will be a packaged deal. Both ranked number 1by ESPN in their respective positions, Newman and Stone will be signing with the same school. Many have claimed the same but rarely does this comradery last. Usually the pair parts ways come signing day. But when it works, oh boy does it. Some of the greatest college basketball teams have flourished from signings like this. Historically teams have fared well when signing highly recruited pairs. Some include:

Duke freshmen Signees Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones also pledged to sign together during their senior seasons. Though we have yet to see their success, they have furthered the trend of elite High School recruits by signing together. According to ESPN both are also number 1 in their positions, Okafor and Jones have nothing but potential ahead of them. Proving it is possible in modern college basketball for two highly touted recruits to sign together.

Current Memphis Grizzlies Point guard Mikey Conely and current benchwarmer for the Miami Heat Greg Oden once played high school ball at Lawrence North in Indiana. They signed together, with Ohio State. The duo won three consecutive Indiana state championships together and they would also take Ohio State to the NCAA title game, as freshmen.

From one of the most influential teams in college basketball history, the “Fab Five” had a pair that vowed to sign together. Those two were Chris Webber and Jalen Rose, signing with the Michigan wolverines in 1991. The pair knew they would play together since the eighth grade. Though they never won an NCAA title all “Fab Five” members have had great NBA careers.

Though understandable the Harrison twins Andrew and Aaron signed together with the University of Kentucky, resulting in a NCAA title game appearance. A title appearance that can be directly attributed to Aaron, who knocked down the game wining three-pointer against Wisconsin in their final four bout. Aaron averaged 13.7 points, 1.9 assists and 3.0 rebounds with Kentucky. Andrew didn’t stray far from Aaron averaging 10.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists with Kentucky. Both freshmen decided to stay another year at Kentucky after the brothers decided again, collectively to pass up the NBA draft. Andrew was rated as the 30th best NBA prospect and Aaron the 53rd.

Though unofficial until the two sign, Malik Newman and Diamond Stone have the potential to make waves in the NCAA basketball world next season. Newman a combo-scoring guard averaged 25.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists at Callaway High School in Mississippi. A scoring point guard Malik could very well lead any team with his offense and hopefully contribute with some of his assists. Diamond, a great defensive center at 6’9 still needs to grow a bit but his numbers speak for themselves. Diamond averaged 13.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 blocks at Dominican High School in Wisconsin. It looks as though they may find themselves playing for a powerhouse program such as Georgetown, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky or UCLA. Whomever they chose will have two elite talents to take their programs to the next level.