Newman to shift focus to visits after season
One of the best scorers in the country – Malik Newman – is nearing the end of his senior season. Newman led Jackson (Miss.) Callaway to their 19th straight victory on Friday by scoring 30 points and knocking off Lanier. The win positions Callaway with a bye in the first round of the Class 5A State Playoffs. Once the playoffs wrap up for Newman, who has won three straight state championships, the plan is to shift his focus to his recruitment. Until then, Horatio Webster, Newman’s father, insists that things are open. “He’s just wide open,” Webster said. “He doesn’t have a favorite. There’s nobody in the lead. He’s just wide open.” “He’s concentrating on getting his season over with,” he added. “Once it’s over, he’s trying to get his 4th title, we’ll figure [visits] out. Nearly two weeks ago Newman took an unofficial visit to LSU to watch their game against Kentucky, who Newman has visited unofficially. Webster admitted to Scout that the visit was to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. “It was great,” he said of the trip to Baton Rouge. “They played against Kentucky. Their atmosphere was great.” “They’re a team right there on the borderline of being really good,” Webster added about LSU. “Especially with the pieces they have coming in next year. I think they could be the Kentucky of the SEC next year, especially if those two big guys stay and with the addition of Ben [Simmons] and [Antonio] Blakeney. I think they could have an unbelievable team.” Will Blakeney’s pledge impact Newman’s decision one way or another? “It doesn’t,” Webster said. “Blakeney is a two guard and Malik is concentrating on playing the one. It’s doesn’t affect him at all.” “Malik needs to be somewhere where he’s going to have the ball in his hands,” Webster added. “Blakeney isn’t a point and they recruited him to play two.” To go with his interest in LSU and Kentucky, Newman is also considering Mississippi, Mississippi State, North Carolina State and Kansas. Once the season is over, he plans to take some visits. Webster said two schools would definitely get official visits. “It’s hard to get it out of Malik,” Webster explained. “I know Kentucky and Kansas, I know he will definitely visit those two.” “As soon as the soon the season is over we’ll start taking visits,” he added. Newman’s first playoff game is Saturday, February 28th. If Newman and Callaway continue to win, they could play until March 13th, which is when the Class 5A state championship would be played. Newman is ranked No. 8 overall in the 2015 class and as the top shooting guard prospect in the class. Newman has already been selected to participate in the McDonald’s All-American game and in the Nike Hoop Summit.