Newman Talks MSU In-home Visit

Callaway (Jackson, MS) High School 2015 combo guard Malik Newman talks about his in-home visit with Mississippi State.

  • Name: Malik Newman
  • Classification: 2015
  • High School: Callaway High School (Jackson, MS)
  • Position: Combo Guard
  • HT: 6-foot-3.5 WT: 180
  • Ranking: 5-Star
  • Schools of Interest: Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Ole Miss

  • Who visited you from Mississippi State?
    "It was the entire coaching staff."

    Having the entire staff visit with you, what kind of impression did that make on you?
    "It was impressive to have the entire coach staff visit me. I will already have a good connection with those guys."

    You obviously already knew Coach George Brooks since he is recruiting you for Mississippi State. Was he the only one that you already knew of the four?
    "I knew Coach (Korey) McCray, too."

    Did he recruit you when he was at LSU?
    "Yes sir."

    What did the coaches talk to you about?
    "Their plans for me and what they plan on doing at Mississippi State, how they plan on changing things around."

    What are his plans for you?
    "He talked about how he could accomplish things like putting me in the NBA."

    Did Coach Howland talk to you about the players that he has developed and put into the NBA, especially guards?
    "Yes sir, he did. He mentioned guys like (Russell) Westbrook, Darren Collison, Jordan Farmar, guys like that."

    What did you think about him putting so many guards in the NBA?
    "It was impressive. I have always said that I want to go somewhere where they can help develop me. What he has done speaks for itself."

    Did Coach Howland talk about the things that he has accomplished at the different programs where he has coached?
    "Yes sir, he did."

    Did that impress you?
    "It does. It sounds like he really knows how to win."

    Now that you have had the chance to sit down and talk to the new coaching staff at Mississippi State, what is your impressions of them and your impressions of Mississippi State?
    "I have always liked Mississippi State. They have a vision to come in and change the program around. And from what he was telling me it sounds like they already have things planned out."

    Do you believe that he can turn the program around?
    "I do. I think he can bring some players in."

    What did this visit do as far as your overall interest in Mississippi State?
    "I have always like Mississippi State but it did increase my interest in them just a little bit. Based on what (Coach Howland) said, it did get my attention."

    When are your in-home visits with the other schools, or have you already had some?
    "I'm not sure yet when they are."

    Have you set up any of your official visits?
    "No sir, not yet."

    Do you feel like Mississippi State will be one of your five official visits?
    "They likely will be."

    Why do you say that?
    "They are a place that has been recruiting me since the beginning and I really like the guys. I really think it can be a good situational for me."

    What schools are you considering?
    "Kentucky, Kansas, NC State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and LSU."

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