Newman draws big time coaches

Every game that Mo Williams Academy played was a must see, and a huge reason for that was Malik Newman.

Maybe the most dynamic backcourt of the summer was with Mo Williams Academy. The duo of Malik Newman and Emmanuel Mudiay was impossible for teams to deal with. Newman, who is making a run for the top prospect in the 2015 class, showed off his skills, and overall had a very good July.

"(July) went good, real good," said Newman. "I had a tremendous backcourt mate and also some great bigs, so everything went well."

Known as a scorer, it was a focus for Newman to do more than just shoot the basketball.

"I just tried to do anything for a win," explained Newman. "Play defense, dive on the floor, rebound, scoring, just anything for a win."

All July long schools like Alabama, Arkansas, Duke, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Florida State, Georgetown, Memphis, UCLA, Florida, and others tracked Newman.

"All of the coaches said they would be out here watching, and they didn't lie," said Newman with a laugh.

One school looking to make a strong push is Kentucky. John Calipari and Kenny Payne were at numerous games, and he is building a strong relationship with the staff.

"It is just like all of the other schools," said Newman of UK. "We just talk about the program and the atmosphere and stuff. Obviously Kentucky is a great school."

Duke also made it a point to be checking in on Newman, and both Mike Krzyzewski and his assistants were present for numerous games.

"Duke is a great school with a great program," said Newman. "They always have great players who make an impact on college basketball so it would be a great school to go to. Coach K has just talked to me about my game, who they are recruiting, and what I could get done there."

Maybe no head coach was there more than Mississippi State's Rick Ray. With a family connection to the school, Ray is doing everything he can to land Newman.

"It is really like all of the other schools, but it is a hometown school," he said of the Bulldogs. "My dad went there and my uncle went there so they will always be right there at the top for me until the very end."

Do not expect any kind of quick decision from Newman, he plans to wait things out and take a close look at all of his options.

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