1-on-1 With Malik Newman

Callaway (MS) High School class of 2015 5-star combo guard Malik Newman talks one-on-one with Gene's Page.

  • Name: Malik Newman
  • Classification: 2015
  • High School: Callaway (MS) High School
  • Position: Combo Guard
  • HT: WT: 6-foot-3, 190
  • Ranking: 5-Star
  • Schools Of Interest: Numerous

  • Have you taken any official visits yet?
    "No sir, not yet."

    Do you have any official visits scheduled?
    "No, I don't think so."

    What schools are showing interest in you?
    "A lot of schools are showing interest. Really, everybody is still showing interest."

    Are you going to make your college choice in the spring?
    "Yes sir."

    Have you decided when you are going to narrow your list down and start taking your official visits?
    "No sir, not yet."

    What schools have you unofficially visited?
    "Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Kentucky."

    What was it like at each of those schools?
    "It was great visiting all of them. The Ole Miss and Mississippi State (football) games were a crazy experience."

    When you attended the Mississippi State football game what was exciting about it?
    "I went to the game and talked to the coaches. The game was crazy. The fans were great."

    What are your thoughts about how well the Mississippi State football team is doing, considering they are an in-state school?
    "I am very proud of them and I hope the basketball team does well too."

    Speaking of the basketball team, are you going to try to unofficially visit Mississippi State and Ole Miss during their basketball seasons?
    "I'm not sure yet."

    What are your thoughts about Mississippi State head basketball coach Rick Ray?
    "He is a great coach. I think he does a great job with his guys. And I think you haven't seen the best of Coach Ray yet because he hasn't had all of his players."

    Who else is recruiting you for Mississippi State other than Coach Ray?
    "Coach (George) Brooks."

    What are your thoughts about him?
    "He is a great coach, also. And he's a great person. I have a real good relationship with him."

    Coaches can call you every day since you are a senior. How do you handle that?
    "I try not to really focus on it. It's almost like a normal conversation now. The recruiting is kind of over with now. They just tell me about the program now, things like that."

    How many calls do you receive a day?
    "It's probably three at the most."

    How many schools call you on a regular basis?
    "I would say it's probably 10 at the most."

    Off the top of your head, do you know who all those schools are?
    "No sir."

    Thank you for doing the interview, Malik.
    "Yes sir, you are welcome."

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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