Shooting guard Malik Newman and center Diamond Stone form a potential pairing that would be similiar to the Tyus Jones-Jahlil Okafor package that committed to Duke.
There is no indication that Newman and Stone are considering attending the same college. However, like Jones and Okafor, they form a nice center-guard combination any college coach would cherish. Also like Jones and Okafor, Newman and Stone played together for a U.S. national team.
Okafor, a center, and Jones, a point guard, formed the friendship that led to their recruiting partnership after being teammates on the U.S. Under-17 team that competed in the World Championships.
Similarly, Newman and Stone were both starters on the U.S. Under-16 National team that won the FIBA Americas U16 championship this past summer.
Newman, a 6'4" combo guard, is rated the nation's No. 1 overall recruit for 2015 by virtually every recruiting service, and the 6'10" Stone is ranked among the top five by Scout.com, Rivals.com and ESPN.com.
Not surprisingly Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina are all on the long lists of college candidates for both Newman and Stone. Any of those three schools could quickly restock its talent to national-title level after their expected departures over the next two seasons. However, Georgetown and UCLA are also on the lists of both Newman and Stone.
Newman, who is from Mississippi, and Stone, who is from Milwaukee, are from different parts of the country, but that does not seem to matter anymore regarding potential partnerships. Okafor and Jones are from different states.