July 9, 2013

Malik the Freak

Malik Newman is in a very fortunate position. Being one of the top-ranked players in his class can certainly have it's benefits.

He can dictate the terms of his own recruitment. The 2015 scoring guard from Jackson (Miss.) Callaway is the top scorer in the Nike EYBL circuit. He's tracking as the best guard in the entire class and he's on the radar of every elite high major who needs a wing scoring guard from the class.

He doesn't have to sit around waiting on scholarship offers. He has them. He makes the terms of his recruitment in that each school recruiting him has to put an offer on the table just to be in the game for the 6-3, 175-pounder.

"It's been a great experience hearing about all of these coaches tell me about their program, their school and their staffs," said Newman in an interview with TarHeelIllustrated.com.

The offers have been rolling in. Newman can't recall them all, but some of them rolled off of his tongue when prompted about it.

"Some of the schools that have offered me ar North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Florida State, Arkansas and a few more schools," said Newman.

The insanely quick and acrobatic guard says that the UNC staff has made him feel like a priority recruit. They are selling him on an effective and proven path to the ultimate goal -- making it to the NBA. Newman and his father both spoke with Roy Williams over the phone in a conversation that was described as genuine and relaxed.

"They (UNC) have told me that if I come to UNC, then I will have a great chance to be a pro," Newman said.

UNC will certainly have plenty of company when it comes to recruiting the Mississippi scoring ace. Kentucky is already rumored to be in a good position and all of the regional schools and blue-bloods are working hard to gain a rapport with Newman and his father. Getting a visit is obviously the first part of increasing their odds.

On the court, Newman, who won the 16U MVP award on Team USA after leading his team to a Gold medal in Uruguay -- sees himself with simple and clear strengths.

"My best basketball is probably just being a scorer. I also try and run my team. I want to be more of a combo guard," he continued.

Stay tuned to Tar Heel Illustrated for the latest on the basketball recruiting radar from the class of 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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