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Report: Pro Teams From China, Europe Have Reached Out to Malik Newman
Malik Newman has already been approached about playing professionally overseas.
According to a report from Evan Daniels of Scout.com, teams from China and Europe have reached out to the 6-foot-4 guard from Callaway (MS) who will play in Saturday’s Nike Hoop Summit for Team USA.
“We have [heard from overseas teams],” Horatio Webster, Newman’s father, told Daniels. “One time he asked me about what it would be like overseas and then another time, he says ‘No dad I’m not going to do that.’ Of course I’m not going to make him do it.”
Emmanuel Mudiay chose to play in China instead of going to SMU after there were some issues with the NCAA Clearinghouse, and he reportedly signed for more than $1 million. Now Mudiay is a projected top-5 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.
“We are talking around $1 million,” Webster told Daniels. “They’ll sell you on getting a shoe contract so you’d probably leave there with $1.5 or $2 million.”
Newman, a projected top-5 pick in 2016, is considering Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Kansas and N.C. State and is expected to commit sometime in the coming weeks.
He previously said that if he could jump straight to the NBA from high school he would.
“I would like to skip college and go straight to the NBA,” Newman told Mississippi News Now in February.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.