Newman discusses package deal

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Last year a package deal was the biggest story of the 2014 class, this year it might be much of the same.

The biggest storyline of the 2014 class was whether Jahlil Okafor, who finished No. 1 in Scout.com's top 100, and Tyus Jones, a five-star lead guard, would end up a package deal and play their college basketball together

It turned out Okafor and Jones stayed true to their word and both will suit up for Duke next season.

Now there's another coveted possible package deal. Diamond Stone, the top recruit in 2015, told Scout.com in mid-May that he and five-star guard Malik Newman planned to attend the same school.

"Me and Malik (Newman) are going to the same school," Stone said at that time. "We are still trying to figure out what school we are going to."

On Monday at the Stephen Curry Camp, Newman said the package deal is still on.

"As of right now, that's the plan," Newman said. "It's still going well. We are just trying to take our time and see what is going to be what."

According to Newman, the schools that are recruiting both he and Stone are Connecticut, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina State and Miami. Newman said Mississippi State and Texas A&M are the only schools recruiting him separately.

Connecticut has been active in their pursuit of both Newman and Stone. The reigning National Champions did in-home visits with the two on back-to-back days in April. Newman said his draw to UConn is their success with guards.

"From a guard standpoint, almost every year they always have a top guard," Newman said. "They always go to the league and do great things like Kemba [Walker] and I'm sure Shabazz [Napier] is going to do and Ray Allen and those type of guys. It's a guard school. Coach Ollie was a point guard himself. He knows how to teach me."

Newman also mentioned Kentucky, North Carolina State and Kansas were showing him quite a bit of attention recently.

"It's been high," Newman said of Kentucky's interest. "Those guys are doing a great job of recruiting me. Coach Cal and coach Kenny Payne.

"It's been good with coach [Orlando] Early," Newman said about N.C. State. "He tries to keep in touch with me almost everyday and check on me and tell me about the program and things like that."

"I like the way they're treating me," he said about Kansas. "Me and coach [Jerrance] Howard have developed a great relationship and I'm looking forward to visiting those guys soon."

Newman has strong connections to Mississippi State, as his father -- Horatio Webster – and his uncle -- Detrick White – played at MSU.

Newman doesn't have any college visits planned.

"I'm just going to wait until the season starts and take them then," Newman said.


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