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Malik Newman withdrawing his name from NBA Draft, may transfer

Is there a better cautionary tale for elite recruits than Malik Newman? Newman was once considered one of the top players in the 2015 class and projected to be a lottery pick, but after one year at Mississippi State, his stock dipped far enough that he’s withdrawing his name from the NBA Draft to return to school. Except that school might not be Mississippi State. The Clarion-Ledger is reporting that Newman took his name out of the Draft but may look to transfer. 

Newman shocked just about everyone when he chose Mississippi State over Kentucky and Kansas in April 2015, and that decision led to a rocky first year in Starkville. Between injuries and playing out of position, Newman never really found his groove, averaging only 11.3 points, 2.2 assists, and 1.9 turnovers per game. There are also rumors he never went to class because he thought he would be a one-and-done. Now that he’s not, he’s got some tough decisions to make. If he does transfer, he’ll have to sit out the 2016-2017 season.

Yet another example of John Calipari “missing on a guy” being a blessing in disguise?

[Clarion-Ledger]

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24 Comments for Malik Newman withdrawing his name from NBA Draft, may transfer



  1. RealCatsFan
    10:12 am May 25, 2016 Permalink

    Also another prime example of the blueprint on “How to decimate your future as an NBA player by going to one of those no-name schools”.

    Heard that he stopped going to classes too.



  2. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    10:12 am May 25, 2016 Permalink

    If there really isn’t anything to the class thing he should transfer to UK. I wouldn’t complain. We will need players in 2017.



    • theWilkman
      10:57 am May 25, 2016 Permalink

      No way. Skipping classes is his death knell. Cal takes so much pride in the APR score, he loves to throw that in the faces of the one-and-done detractors. No chance we bring on someone like that



    • TheDon
      11:13 am May 25, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah I think thats why he premised his opinion on “if there really isnt anything to the class thing”. I.E., if its only a rumor, take him. If he really cut class, dont.



    • Luether
      2:25 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

      We don’t want or need Newman…



  3. Bobbum Man
    10:13 am May 25, 2016 Permalink

    So if he stopped going to class or never went would he be able to transfer to another D1 school with a 0 gpa?



    • deltasig41
      10:21 am May 25, 2016 Permalink

      He would have had to go to class in the first semester to remain eligible for the rest of the year. The classes he enrolled in during the spring semester would likely show as incompletes on his transcript. So, it would theoretically be possible for him to transfer, but I’d say that would put some serious limitations on the schools he could consider.

      And, as for it being a blessing in disguise, I’m not 100% convinced Kentucky (and possibly Kansas) didn’t begin to back off a bit down the stretch. The kid is obviously showing his true character now, and maybe the two schools that didn’t NEED 5-star recruiting splash recognized it. Mississippi State simply didn’t care…They needed the publicity.



  4. david8577
    10:18 am May 25, 2016 Permalink

    This is the way life goes. Sometimes door 1 (UK) leads to being a life of wealth, while door 2 (MSU) leads to a life of poverty.



  5. BlueDeuce
    10:21 am May 25, 2016 Permalink

    If he’s not went to class, then even with Basket Weaving 101 and Underwater Sports History 201, his core courses would kill his GPA and without a 2.0 minimum (which is the NCAA rules I think), don’t believe he’d be eligible to transfer to a D1 school (unless a hardship is submitted).

    Hate for the kid…but I’m not sure what he was expecting from Miss St.? Not sure it’s “Yet another example of John Calipari “missing on a guy” being a blessing in disguise?” kind of thing either…maybe Miss St. set him up to fail as I doubt the kid thought this all up when he chose them.



  6. nybrasky
    10:28 am May 25, 2016 Permalink

    Just textbook for why an elite level recruit should only go to elite schools. Even more-so, they should never stay home for a non-elite school. There are too many distractions, too many hanger-ons, and too many people telling you how great you are.

    • “Just textbook for why an elite level recruit should only go to elite schools.”

      Unfortunately for us, this is also why a Damien Harris goes to Bama and not UK.



    • theWilkman
      10:59 am May 25, 2016 Permalink

      And why no one should deride Harris for doing so



    • Larry Pratt
      11:26 am May 25, 2016 Permalink

      Yes. And perhaps Elam should not have picked us.



  7. nybrasky
    10:30 am May 25, 2016 Permalink

    I’m sure his people are scrambling to see if he can get any overseas interest. If so, that’d be a better route than transferring.



  8. checkob
    10:30 am May 25, 2016 Permalink

    Saw him play in the 2015 Hoops Summit and he looked like an 11 ppg scorer. Honestly, against good competition he wasn’t that impressive (that said in the game itself Skal was not either). I’m not sure he could play at KY



    • ukbradstith
      11:55 am May 25, 2016 Permalink

      Skal was awesome in that game.



    • checkob
      11:59 am May 25, 2016 Permalink

      Skal wasn’t great in the game. Gained his rep in practice



  9. somerset bill
    11:12 am May 25, 2016 Permalink

    we never know when a top recruit goes elsewhere not because calipari didn’t make his case, but because the recruit heard exactly what calipari was saying. he always says he presents kentucky to recruits as ‘not for everyone.’ that includes, i am sure, emphasis on the fact that the guys will absolutely keep up the classwork. while the mom may hear that as a positive, some kids may hear that as a deal breaker. i am sure calipari feels both of those are good things–if the kid bales because of that they will be helping him keep the program at a top level by choosing to go elsewhere.

    and unfortunately, i think of briscoe when i read this point:
    “…and playing out of position, Newman never really found his groove…”



  10. jomani
    11:28 am May 25, 2016 Permalink

    Your rumor is based off a tweet from some guy with 700 followers. I don’t like Newman, but don’t slander him based off some Twitter egg



  11. Ky_Tom
    2:51 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    Just a side note to the posted story up top, just My 2 cents worth…..It says,… Yet another example of John Calipari “missing on a guy” being a blessing in disguise?……I think Newman’s first year in college basketball would have been a lot different , Had He came to UK.. and joined in with players with much higher skill levels than those at Mississippi State. .Not sure why He choose Miss State over UK and Kansas to start with,,,but had He gone to one of these two programs, You have to think He would have faired much better in the game ..I think its sad, that the coaches at Miss State didn’t make the kid go to class, but we seen the same thing at LSU with Simmons..I think if a coach is going to recruit these type of players, the so called One and Dones…The Coaches should be held accountable for not seeing to it that these kids did not go to class…Now Newman will most likely get kicked out of school, or at least off the team because He doesn’t have the GPA to play, and that’s only a 2.0 I think…So I have to lay the blame on both coaches, at LSU and Miss State for these kids failures in the class room,,Simmons will fair much better, because of Ball Skills, and will more than likely get drafted in the first round…But as for Newman..My guess is, He drop back to Div two, just so He can play with sitting out a year, and low grades won’t come into play near as much….



  12. [email protected]
    4:10 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    APR ….Annual Percentage Rate? Why would Cal be concerned about anyone’s APR. Now GPA is a different story all together.