From deep in the heart of Mississippi, stud 2015 point guard Malik Newman is regarded by some as the top overall prospect in the Class of 2015. Some regard him as a point, others as a combo guard, but regardless at this point, he is clearly a highly skilled scoring guard with deep range who can also handle it pretty well. He has a very strong body, and he uses it well to get into the lane almost at will. I didn’t see enough of him to really assess his defensive abilities, but he’s a kid with a good attitude and a lot of athleticism, so there’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to defend points and two-guards at the college level.
Personality-wise, he is a soft-spoken, respectful young man with a deep southern drawl, and one who, at least at this point, has not allowed all the attention he has recently garnered to go to his head. He’s just beginning the recruitment process, really, so this one has a long way to go. Some say he ultimately may be tough to get out of SEC country, but to me it’s way too early to make pronouncements like that.
Here’s what he had to say in our recent sit-down:
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