Newman may take visits soon

BENTON, Ky. -- On the court at the Marshall County Hoopfest, Malik Newman went for 35 points and 42 points in two games. Off the court, his father -- Horatio Webster -- filled Scout in on the latest with his recruitment.

While many of his peers in the 2015 class signed during the early, Malik Newman opted to hold off on making his college choice. In reality, Newman, the top ranked shooting guard in the class, isn’t close to making his college choice.

“He just says he’s signing late,” Newman’s father Horatio Webster told Scout. “That’s all he told me. My wife even asked me [Thursday] night ‘where do you think he’s going.’ I said I have no idea. We aren’t even talking about it.”

According to Webster, Newman doesn’t even have an official list. With that said, a number of head coaches conducted in-home visits with Newman and his family. Among the coaches that were in to see him were Bill Self, John Calipari, Mark Gottfried, Rick Ray, Andy Kennedy, Billy Kennedy, Kevin Ollie and Josh Pastner.

Newman has yet to take an official visit. He has, however, taken unofficial visits to Kentucky, Mississippi and Mississippi State. According to Webster, they may take some official visits soon.

“I think he may do some here soon over the Christmas break,” Webster said. “He may take a couple.”

Webster, who starred at Mississippi State in the mid to late 90’s, said he’s leaving the college choice up to his son.

“I’m going to be honest with you all, I’m not going to have any influence on him,” Webster said. “I’m going to let Malik make his decision. Whatever happens, then he’s responsible for it not me. I’m going to stay out of it.”

As of late there’s been a lot of talk regarding Newman, a standout at Jackson (Miss.) Callaway, staying home and playing his college basketball in the state of Mississippi. Webster said both in-state schools are upcoming programs.

“I think he likes coach [Andy] Kennedy’s style of play,” Webster said. “I think he also likes coach Ray’s style of play. Both of them are upcoming programs.”

Kentucky has been involved in Newman’s recruitment for quite some time. Webster said he speaks to UK assistant Kenny Payne “everyday” of his life.

“Coach Cal does a great job,” Webster said. “I mean, Kentucky is Kentucky. You see what they are doing now. There is nothing to not like about Kentucky. You got to really love everything about Kentucky.”

“Cal is a players coach,” he added. “Anytime you have a guy that sends players to the NBA the way he do, you got to love that.”

Kansas has been actively recruiting Newman and is looking to get him on campus soon. What sticks out about the Jayhawks to Newman and Webster?

“That’s Kansas basketball,” he said. To answer your question, I don’t know, but I know he likes Kansas.”

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