Hoopfest: Newman goes off + Top Performers

BENTON, Ky. -- Malik Newman was the talk of the day at the Marshall County Hoopfest on Saturday, but Aric Holman, Nolan Narain and a host of others put together strong outings as well.

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Malik Newman didn’t quit break Monta Ellis’ 46-point Marshall County Hoopfest record, but he came pretty close.

In a loss to Orangeville Prep on Saturday, Newman showed why many think he’s the best shooting guard in the 2015 class. Newman pumped in 42 points on 15-for-29 shooting, including 4-for-9 from three, in just 29 minutes of action.

Newman showed his competitive side against Orangeville Prep, who has a host of high major prospects including Thon Maker, as he played with great energy and clearly relished in the big game atmosphere.

Newman was effective off the dribble and dared defenders to try and check him on the perimeter. He’s a terrific ball handler with very good body control when he attacks the basket. He constantly made tough moves off the dribble and pulled up with ease from both mid-range and three.

Saturday’s performance reminded me of some of Austin Rivers’ 40-point outings at the City of Palms years ago. While they aren’t necessarily the same player, there are similarities in their game, as each favored off the dribble pull-up moves to score in high school.

Newman, who ranks as the top shooting guard, is a tough shot taker, but he’s also a tough shot maker and that’s a good quality have.


  • Alex Olesinski, PF, La Lumiere – Olesinski put together one of the best performances I’ve seen from him, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Olesinski was active, played hard on both ends and pursued rebounds off the glass. Offensively, Olesinski finished well with his left hand around the basket, buried a 15-foot jump shot and also proved to be a pretty good passer.

  • Carlton Bragg, PF, Villa Angela-St. Joseph – Bragg showed flashes of why he’s considered one of the top prospects in the 2015 class against Archbishop Carroll. Bragg did majority of his damage inside. He was active, used his athleticism in the paint and finished off plays around the rim. He also hit a pair of jumpers – one from mid-range and one from three. He finished 10-for-23 from the field and scored 25 points. He also added 13 rebounds.

    Jones skies for a dunk at the Hoopfest
  • Derrick Jones, SF, Archbishop Carroll – Jones put together one of the more well rounded performances I’ve seen from him. The 6-foot-6 combination forward is an elite athlete and he knows how to use his tremendous leaping ability around the rim and in transition. He scored a trio of field goals inside, but also made his way to the free throw line 12 times, but only connected on four of those attempts. Jones, a southpaw that has signed with UNLV, has always struggled with his shooting, but on Saturday he hit a pair of three-pointers and a pull-up jumper from 15-feet. Jones scored 18 points and reeled in nine rebounds.

  • Dwayne Bacon, SF, Oak Hill – For the second day in a row, Bacon, a 6-foot-5 wing originally from Florida, looked like the best player for Oak Hill. A known scorer, Bacon struggled to get his jumpers to go, so he aggressively drove to the basket and made a handful of impressive moves in transition, including a euro-step move that brought the Marshall County Hoopfest crowd to their feet. Bacon is loaded with natural ability. He’s a strong, physical wing blessed with pretty good athleticism. He also has a knack for scoring. He appears to have taken some positive steps with his development, as he’s taking better shots and is playing a more efficient brand of basketball.

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  • Aric Holman, PF, Owensboro – Holman, who recently announced he intends to do a post-graduate season and join the 2016 class next year, showed his potential and upside in a win over Marshall County High School. Holman, a 6-foot-9 power forward, hit a three-pointer off the dribble, scored twice in the paint with his right hand and had a pair of dunks in the paint. He’s long, mobile, has a good set of hands, nice form on his jump shot and good footwork. Holman can also impact the game with his ability to contest shots. The next steps for Holman is to hit the weight room and add strength, as well as add to his back to the basket game. Holman finished 5-for-8 from the field and scored 10 points. He also grabbed 10 boards and swatted four shots.

  • Nolan Narain, PF, La Lumiere – The most impressive prospect in La Lumiere’s win over Nashville (Tenn.) CPA was this 6-foot-8 power forward. Narain skill level is what sticks out the most. To go with very good hands, Narain can score in a variety of ways. Against CPA he was quick and aggressive with his moves towards the goal and he finished particularly well with his right hand. Narain was also active on the glass and tipped in a handful of misses. Narain finished with 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds.

  • Jamal Murray, SG, Orangeville – Murray was the catalyst to Orangeville Prep’s double-digit win over Callaway. The junior guard went for 31 points and showed the ball with extreme confidence from long distance. Murray nailed five three-pointers on nine attempts. He was also effective in transition and connected on four other field goals. Murray has a good skill level and is a capable shooter from mid-range, but his biggest value lies in his ability to consistently make shots from long-range. It was an impressive performance for Murray in a big game.


  • Normally I don’t mention players until they are in high school, but since he played up and started for CPA, Tyger Campbell deserves some ink. Campbell, who already has scholarship offers from Mississippi and Western Kentucky, has an impressive feel for the game and didn’t back down against an impressive La Lumiere team. Campbell has good vision, changes speeds well and is a nifty finisher around the rim.

  • Illinois is getting a shot maker in Jalen Coleman. The 6-foot-4 wiry guard should help John Groce’s team immediately, as he’s one of the top shooters in the 2015 class. Against Nashville (Tenn.) CPA, Coleman went 6-for-12 from the field and connected on three three-pointers.

  • Marist picked up a steal in Villa Angela-St. Joseph standout Brian Parker. The powerfully built guard scored 19 points in the win over Archbishop Carroll on Saturday. He’s tough, a good driver and gets after it on both ends of the floor.

  • In a tough loss to Oak Hill, Diallo, a 6-foot-8 active, energy guy, put up a double-double of 15 points (7-for-10 from the field) and 12 rebounds. He was all over the glass, which is no surprise, and finished well at the rim.

  • Wesley Harris, a 6-foot-6 combo forward at Callaway, is an intriguing prospect. The lefty shoots the ball with confidence, especially from mid-range. But he’s also a good athlete that is active inside and around the basket. He has a versatile inside-out game. He was effective as the secondary scorer for Callaway.

  • Although Scout was packed up and headed home by the time the Huntington Prep/Arlington Country Day game tipped at just before midnight, word leaked back that Huntington Prep knocked off ACD by three. 2016 wing Mario Kegler led the game in scoring with 30 points in the loss.


    Bruce Pearl, Bill Self, Mark Turgeon and John Groce were the head coaches at the Marshall County Hoopfest on Saturday.

    A number of schools dispatched assistant coaches to Marshall County High School on Saturday. Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Duquense, LMU, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas and Vanderbilt were all spotted on Saturday.

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