Class of 2015 standout Malik Newman on Friday publicly committed to play college basketball at Mississippi State in a development that gives Ben Howland a five-star recruit just one month after agreeing to become the Bulldogs’ head coach.
Newman is from Jackson, Miss.
His father, Horatio Webster, played at Mississippi State in the late 1990s.
CBSSports.com first reported Wednesday that Newman had already decided to commit to Mississippi State — though Newman subsequently refuted that report by telling his hometown newspaper he remained undecided and was actually still considering Kansas, Kentucky and Ole Miss in addition to Mississippi State.
But Newman wasn’t telling the truth.
Truth is, Newman had already canceled scheduled visits with multiple schools and shut his recruitment down by the time Wednesday’s report posted at CBSSports.com. On Thursday, multiple sources reiterated to CBSSports.com that, despite what Newman told his hometown newspaper, the recruitment was indeed over and had been “for a while.”
247 Sports ranks Newman No. 5 in the Class of 2015.
The 6-foot-4 point guard is considered the nation’s top prospect at his position.
DraftExpress.com projects Newman to be selected fourth overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.