Diamond Stone, Malik Newman Talking Package Deal

Stone-NewmanDiamond Stone reiterated to Evan Daniels of Scout.com on Saturday that he and Malik Newman — two of the top prospects in the Class of 2015 — are talking about a potential package deal.

Kentucky fans are already dreaming of landing both elite players for next season.

The 6-foot-3 Newman actually mentioned packaging with the 6-10 Stone back in March to Chris Thomas of The Clarion-Ledger.

“He’s like one of my play brothers,” Newman said in an episode of The Clarion-Ledger’s exclusive video series “Beyond the Game.” “We were really thinking about being a package deal. Hopefully that works out. Maybe you’ll be seeing us two play together again.”

Thomas pointed out that “Newman and Stone played together last summer on USA Basketball’s U16 National Team, which won the FIBA Americas Championships in Maldonado, Uruguay.”

Of course, plenty of recruits talk about potential packages, while those who actually pull it off — like Duke’s Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor — are few and far between.

Just last summer, Rashad Vaughn and Josh Perkins discussed the possibility, and Vaughn ended up pledging to UNLV and Perkins to Gonzaga.

Isaiah Whitehead and Ja’Quan Newton also discussed the possibility, and Whitehead picked Seton Hall and Newton Miami.

Cliff Alexander and JaQuan Lyle pondered it, and Alexander will play for Kansas while Lyle will suit up for Oregon.

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@heelsrenn I know Newman received an offer not too sure abt the center though. But I would rather take Brisco frm nj (playaz basketball club). They actually played against each other last session (two weeks ago in Dallas) where Brisco came away with the W, outplayed Newman & was named MVP of session two of the nike EYBL.