For most high school basketball players a 26-point scoring night would be a great game. Not so for Malik Newman, the nation's top player in the class of 2015.
"I'm kind of in a slump right now," said the talented guard after his 26-point effort on the road against Grenada (MS) High School. "This was like my 8th straight poor shooting game. I just have to get in the gym and work on my shooting."
His dad, Horatio Webster, was at his game and offered Malik some advice.
"I talk to my dad about my game," said Malik. "He said good game but he was like I still had a bad shooting night. He said I just have to be able to come out of it."
And Malik did that very thing the following night, scoring 42 points against Wingfield High School.
Whether he is scoring 26 points or 42, Malik tries to never make the game about himself.
"Of course, I never try to make the game all about me," said the talented youngster, who in addition to averaging 29.7 points per game is also pulling down 6.5 rebounds and dishing out 3.5 assists per game. "When I'm not making shots I try to get the ball to the other guys. Sooner or later I know my shot will come on."
In attendance for the Callaway-Grenada game were coaches from Mississippi State (head coach Rick Ray, his wife and their two children) and Memphis (assistant coach Robert Kirby). Malik takes pride in the fact that coaches attend his games.
"When I see coaches at my games all I think about is my hard work is paying off," said Malik.
In addition to coaches coming to his games, they also call him on a daily basis.
"Almost everybody is calling me," said Malik. "I usually get about two or three calls a day right now. They mainly tell me about the game they had the previous night, how their players have been improving, really just how things have been going. I listen to everything they say because I know my time is coming."
The everybody Malik is referring to includes the likes of Mississippi State (his dad's alma mater), Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, etc., all of whom have offered him a scholarship.
As of now, Malik isn't naming any favorites, nor has he even cut his list down yet. He hasn't even been to any college basketball games this season.
"I haven't visited any schools yet," said Malik. "I haven't really thought about who I will be visiting (this basketball season). But I do plan on doing it, though."