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Losing Malik Newman was a Win

Todd Sherman | The Clarion Ledger

Todd Sherman | The Clarion Ledger

Todd Sherman | The Clarion Ledger

April 24, 2015.  A meaningless day for many, was a blessing for the Kentucky basketball program.

On April 24th fans were upset and shocked when Malik Newman chose to go to Mississippi State over Kentucky. “Why would anyone in their right mind choose Starkville over Lexington, especially the nation’s #1 point guard?”

The truth is, no matter how many good excuses there are — his Father played there, he’s from Mississippi, Ben Howland, etc. — it didn’t make sense then and it doesn’t make sense now.  Even though UK lost Newman, tonight will prove that losing Newman was a win.

Instead of landing Newman, the Cats got Jamal Murray.  The BBN had to sweat it out for a little while, but he’s proved to be worth the wait.  Murray leads the Cats in scoring and is 5th in the SEC with 17.3 points per game, scoring in double figures in 13 straight games.  Murray has his streaky moments, but when he’s hot, he’s kept Kentucky in games, most notably during his memorable 33-point performance against Ohio State, the most points by a Wildcat since 2011.

Meanwhile, Malik Newman is second on the team in scoring with 13 points per game, the Bulldogs are winless in the SEC with a 7-7 record, and he’s dropped out of the first round of the DraftExpress 2016 mock draft.  His best game of the season was a 20-point performance in a 24-point win over the mighty Northern Colorado Bears.

Even though in all likelihood he’ll have the game of his life tonight in Rupp Arena, it will only be a flash.  The right man for the job is wearing #23 in blue and white.

Remember, sometimes God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for Losing Malik Newman was a Win

  1. But if we had gotten him Cal would be coaching him up and his stock would be rising. Don’t forget about the #kentuckyeffect.

    11:48 am January 12, 2016 Permalink

    Jamal is way better. Jamal is part of the best backcourt in the country! I enjoy watching he and Tyler do their thing each game, they play well of each other. You better not give Jammal an inch when he comes off that screen, cause he makes just about all his open looks. Now he knows he has the green light, so teams are pressing up harder on him now, but the dude knows how to use screens so well to get space, he has floaters, finger rolls and scoop shots when close to the basket. He’s special. So thanks Malik for going there, BBN loves you now more than EVER! Even more than when we actually thought you were coming.

  3. dcoltsfan20
    11:54 am January 12, 2016 Permalink

    Although your right Nick, I would take Murray over him. IDK if I would take him over Briscoe though. Newman could spread the floor more than Briscoe, especially with a point guard like Ulis. Ulis Newman and Murray would be dangerous.

  4. 2thepoint
    12:05 pm January 12, 2016 Permalink

    IDK what is going to happen going forward, but I thought Ulis, Murray and Briscoe looked really good Saturday. Briscoe has to learn to hit free throws, but when he is hitting open shots he won’t be going to the line.

  5. secrick
    12:22 pm January 12, 2016 Permalink

    He shot almost 80% in high school and he will start hitting at Ky, starting tonight . He won’t miss tonight.

  6. ekywildcat
    2:03 pm January 12, 2016 Permalink

    This should show recruits that if you think you’re a one and done, Kentucky is the place to be. If he had came to UK and averaged 10 pts, he’d probably be a lottery pick.