Malik is a Scout.com 5-star recruit and the top shooting guard in the class of 2015 and he showed why in a hard-fought game against Velma Jackson High School last Friday night, scoring 33 points in the close loss to Velma Jackson.
"I knew it was a big game between two great teams," said Malik. "I just came out trying to be aggressive and doing what I could to help my team get the win. It's wasn't like I was trying to force anything, I was just trying to get the win."
Not only was it two great teams but it was also two teams with two great players, Malik of Callaway and class of 2015 Mississippi State signee Quinndary Weatherspoon of Velma Jackson. Quinndary had 25 points for Velma Jackson. Malik was impressed with what he saw from Quinndary's play, who scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half.
"In the second half it was almost like I was watching a replica of myself," said Malik. "(Quinndary) came down and took charge. They ran their plays and executed. And Q was one of the main focuses of all of their plays. I'm really proud of him for leading his team to a victory like that."
Quinndary would like to have many more victories once he gets to Mississippi State. And he believes having Malik on the same team with him would help make that happen. Due to that, he makes it known to Malik, a good friend of his who is also an AAU teammate, that he would like for him to sign with Mississippi State. And Malik is open to that possibility.
"We talk about that (both signing with Mississippi State)," said Malik. "I can't tell you what we say but I tell him that's a good look right now. It's looking ok right now."
As for recruiting in general, Malik, who has offers from schools throughout the nation, is taking a low-key approach until after his high school season.
"Nothing is going on major in recruiting," said Malik. "It's still the same schools. Right now, I'm just focusing on the season, trying to get that last (state championship) ring."