According to sources, NC State currently has Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman on campus for an official visit.
Newman originally considered NC State out of high school, but he elected to enroll at Mississippi State. Scout.com had Newman rated the No. 1 shooting guard prospect in the country and the No. 10 player overall in the 2015 recruiting class. A McDonald's All-American, Newman led Callaway (MS) High School to four state titles.
"Malik was one of the premier scorers in the 2015 class," says Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow. "He fancies himself as a point guard, but what he does best is shoot the basketball, and get to the rim. There is no doubt he should be an explosive scorer wherever he ends up in college after leaving Mississippi State."
As a freshman, Newman averaged 11.3 points and 2.2 assists per game for the Bulldogs. Following the season he declared for the NBA draft but withdrew prior to the deadline and announced his intentions to transfer from the SEC school.
"Malik just didn't feel like the system Ben (Howland) runs fits his style of play," his father, Horacio Webster, told Gene's Page Publisher Gene Swindoll. "Ben is a damn good coach," said Webster. "Ben's resume speaks for itself and he has put a lot of players in the NBA but Malik just didn't feel like his style of play fit his overall game. Sometimes things just don't work out. That was what happened in this case."
He has already taken an official visit to Western Kentucky and will visit Miami this weekend according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
NC State is considered a serious player in Newman's recruitment, as he is being recruited to be a lead guard for the Wolfpack. He must sit out one season due to NCAA rules, but Newman would have three years of eligibility remaining.
"Sitting out a year is best for Malik because he knows he has to mature and get his body in better shape to play college basketball," Webster told Swindoll. "While his offense is good, he knows he still needs to work on building his body up and improving his defense. He can work on those things while he sits out."
Pack Pride will have more on Newman's visit in the near future so stay tuned!