"I really like Memphis a lot," Martavious Newby said. "I'm just waiting on (U of M coach Josh Pastner) to say I have an offer."
The quandary for Newby, of course, is that Pastner hasn't yet.
"He called me right after I got home from the Peach Jam to tell me he was watching me and that he really liked me and to keep doing what I'm doing," Newby said. "But he's not saying that he's offering me. He keeps on saying that I'm just doing good. That isn't just really what I want to hear. If I'm doing all this, what's really more for you to see?"
Newby entered last week's Nike Peach Jam event with only a minimal set of low-major offers. The 6-foot-3 guard opened some eyes at the event with Memphis YOMCA, however, and parlayed his performance into offers from Ole Miss, Arkansas, Kent State, Nebraska, Tulane, Missouri, Auburn, and Mississippi State.
There's a contingent around the Memphis program that Newby could earn a football scholarship from Memphis — Newby also plays football for BTW and says he "loves the sport" — and join the basketball team as a walk-on.
One problem: Newby doesn't have a Memphis football offer, and he doesn't think he'll ever have one.
"I don't think I have any football offers now," Newby said. "I don't think Memphis will offer me a football scholarship because they know I play basketball and know me well."
Newby, who said that he doesn't have any visits planned as of yet, admitted that if Pastner offered, he'd commit to the Tigers on the spot.
"I've seen a lot of great players that made it to the NBA from there," Newby said. "It would be a tradition for Memphis players to stay in the city. I've seen their campus, FedExForum. I really like the program."
Newby said he's not sure what else he can show the Tigers coaching staff to earn an offer.
"I guess he wants somebody better," he said. "If you're going to offer me, you're going to offer me. I'm trying to see what the holdup is."
One possible holdup is that Pastner already has a commitment from 2012 wing Damien Wilson, who, like Newby, can do almost everything well except shoot the ball. At 6-foot-5, Wilson is also two inches taller than Newby.
There are also questions surrounding Newby's attitude, although the hometown native said he has no idea where or why the bad rap originated.
"People can say anything and whether they say I have an attitude or not, I'm gonna play he same way," Newby said. "Nothing's going to change."
Memphis YOMCA coach Jevonte Holmes said Newby, rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com, stands to gain the most from strong follow-up acts at the Orlando, Fla., Super Showcase next week.
"He can blow up off the charts with the weekend he had (at Peach Jam)," Holmes said.
In the meantime, Newby said he's looking forward to making up for the loss in the championship game at Peach Jam with a win at the Showcase.
"I'm just getting in the gym getting ready for the Showcase," he said. "We're trying to win that, so we can bring that home."