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Malik Newman, a McDonald’s All-American and one of the most sought after uncommitted players in the Class of 2015, is planning five official visits.
“Unofficially I have been to Kentucky, Ole Miss and Mississippi State and I am looking forward to my official visits that will start soon,” the 6-foot-4 Newman told Reggie Rankin of ESPN.com. “I am still working out the dates but I will visit Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina State, LSU and Ohio State. These five schools have been recruiting me very consistently.”
Horatio Webster, Newman’s father, recently said that Kentucky coach John Calipari is accomplishing something “special” in Lexington.
“It’s special what Coach Cal is doing down there because [to keep] almost a McDonald’s All-American together and all of them jell as one, that takes a special coach to do that,” Webster said in a radio interview with Sunday Morning Sports Talk on 630 WLAP out of Lexington, Ky. “In order to keep everybody happy and keep a smile on everybody’s face. That team could’ve went any way, it could’ve been a disaster or it could turn out like it is now. And you have to give Coach Cal and his staff all the credit for that. I don’t know how he did it, I don’t know how he do it, but that’s why he gets paid the big bucks.”
Kentucky signee Isaiah Briscoe was also in touch with Newman after committing to the Wildcats, and a source close to Briscoe believes Newman will ultimately land there, joining Briscoe and Charles Matthews as incoming guards.
Webster also says his son won’t announce until the spring signing period, which runs April 15-May 20.
“I think it’s a smart decision to sit and wait and see who’s coming and who’s going,” Webster said. “But at the same time he needs to be making some trails towards somebody you know, so that’s all I’m saying.”
Newman is projected as the No. 6 pick in the 2016 Draft by DraftExpress.com.
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.
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