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NBA Comparison: Allen Ray

Strengths: 6’4 scoring guard with great speed and scoring instincts … Intense competitior … Great work ethic. Student of the game … Best scorer in the 2015 high school class, and one fo the top shooters ... Gets great elevation on jump shot. Has range out to NBA 3 … Can create for himself on offense with an advanced scoring arsenal for such a young player, step backs, pull up jumpers, floaters, etc ... Great midrange skills … Polished in the ISO game and creating off the dribble ... Scores in bunches ... Knows how to play in transition and in the half court … Picks his spots well in where he wants to score from … Does a great job seeing the court, avoiding traps and double teams … Plays with patience … Always squared up to the basket and ready to score … Can get to the rim and challenge a bigger defender at the rim. Great body control and footwork … Great basketball IQ and feel for the game … Very tough mentally … Active and willing defender … Good rebounder for a guard … Quick first step. Can stop on a dime.

Weaknesses: Most of Newman’s weaknesses are concerns about him transitioning from a ball dominant scoring guard to a point/combo guard ... If he can make the transition into a PG, he has great size, but doesn’t have ideal size for a shooting guard at 6-4 with a 6-5 wingspan ... He has no problem creating for himself but needs to work on creating for others and bringing the best out of teammates … Solid athlete but not elite ...

Outlook: Will go to play for Ben Howland at Mississippi State ... Newman will provide Mississippi State with a sharp shooter who can score in a variety of ways. He led Callaway to four straight high school state championships. Callaway didn’t duck any opponents, playing a loaded schedule for Newman’s senior year. Despite being face guarded and double teamed, Newman was unstoppable as a scorer. With multiple 30 point performances, never a quiet outing, hitting difficult shot after difficult shot, rarely getting easy baskets. His love for the game and work ethic is well documented separates him from other talented guards in his class.

Notes: Son of former Mississippi State player Horatio Webster ... Measured 6'3 (in shoes) 174 lbs, with a 6'5 wingspan at the 2013 Nike Guard Skills Academy ... Measured 6'4 (in shoes) 180 lbs, with a 6'5.5 wingspan at the 2014 LeBron James Skills Academy ...

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