Roy Williams Offers Newman

LAS VEGAS --- Whether in the EYBL or with USA Basketball, Malik Newman has had a terrific 2013, cementing his position as an elite prospect. And when you're the top-rated guard in your class, your recruitment takes off in a hurry.

"It's crazy - real crazy," Newman said of his recruitment on Sunday at the LeBron James Skills Academy. "But it's not bad crazy. It's a good crazy."

The craziness is justified for the 6-3, 174-pound rising junior from Jackson (Miss.) Callaway.

Newman led the entire EYBL circuit this spring with 24.7 points per game over the 18-game and four-session season. Then he earned tournament MVP honors and a gold medal for Team USA at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship averaging a team-high 16.2 points per game.

And so the offers are coming in fast and furious - so much so that Newman was unable to name them all.

"The ones that I know of Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, Florida State, Kansas, Arkansas and there are a few more," he said. "My dad knows the rest."

Newman said UNC's offer came in the form of a phone call from Roy Williams, who talked to both him and his father about the offer. It was their first conversation with the Tar Heel head coach, as college coaches weren't allowed to call 2015 prospects until June 15.

"It was a good conversation," Newman said. "He's a real good coach and a real good person. He runs a real great program.

"He just told me that he wanted me and he told me that I was a special player and if I wanted to be apart of it I should come to his program."

Newman's first impressions of UNC?

"They are real good - great program, great academic, great coaches and they always have great players that come through so I can't count them out," he said.

As for potential visits to UNC or any other school, none are scheduled at the moment.

"I'm going to sit down and talk to my dad about it," Newman said.

Newman is ranked No. 2 overall in's 2015 rankings.

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