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Malik Newman’s dad calls what Calipari’s doing “special”

Malik Newman remains one of Kentucky’s top prospects for the 2015 class, and yesterday, his father, Horatio Webster, called into the Sunday Morning Sports Talk show on 630 AM to talk about his son’s recruitment. Webster told Mark Buerger and Larry Vaught that with the number of players on the roster, this year’s Kentucky team “could’ve been a disaster,” but John Calipari’s use of the platoon system has instead made it something special:

“It’s special what Coach Cal is doing down there because [to keep] almost a McDonald’s All-American team together and all of them gel as one, that takes a special coach to do that,” Webster said. “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.”

Newman is considering Kentucky, Kansas, NC State, Ole Miss, and others, and plans to visit Kentucky soon. He got his first taste of the Big Blue Nation at the Marshall County Hoops Fest in December. “The fans–I really can’t describe it, but it was unbelievable. You looked, they reacted to everything Malik did. I don’t know if that was part of the recruiting plan, I don’t know if y’all sent out a memo before we got there, but whatever the case may be, whatever Malik did, they reacted to in an excited way. It was fun. He really enjoyed it.”

Webster says Malik won’t announce until late April, and he has no clue where he’ll end up. “No idea” Webster said. “I was talking to him two nights ago and I said, ‘Malik, April is approaching really fast, so you need to be doing something and he just looked at me and smiled and said, ‘OK.’ I can’t get anything out of him.”

If Devin Booker ends up going to the NBA, could we end up trading one Mississippi shooting guard for another?


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5 Comments for Malik Newman’s dad calls what Calipari’s doing “special”

  1. HanOfTheBluegrass
    4:29 pm January 26, 2015 Permalink

    Most fans have been expecting the twins to go after two years, and the season’s still long and could see another awesome run like Aaron had, but current projections for the draft mean the twins would be wise to return. Booker’s shooting lights out and plays great D, but it’s not a surefire “he gone” situation either. Right now, the only obvious guys to leave would be Willie and Karl because they’re both lottery picks, but Karl could benefit a lot from another year and if they both liked school… (I know, Cal makes ya go if you’re top 5, and anyone else, you need to sit down and explain your reasons for returning.)

    I’m hopeful we get Newman (who looks to be waiting to decide until after the season and players make draft decisions). Maker’s got a spot if he reclassifies. We’ve got 4 recruits committed (if our Kiwi ends up coming mid-year). Depending on Alex, no current schollie holders are scheduled to graduate. Roster’s gonna be jam packed again next year unless some guys just absolutely want to go pro regardless, or if some guys get really good and really consistent. Recruits could back out if too many guys return, too, of course. NBA drafts on talent, I know, but I can’t see us not having another team so stacked Cal has to consider platooning.

    • theWilkman
      4:35 pm January 26, 2015 Permalink

      Great points, and I agree with you. Then again, I can see the opposite happening – we finish the regular season undefeated, blow through the tournament with a 10+ point average margin of victory, and lose 7 guys to the draft.

  2. KevinM
    4:41 pm January 26, 2015 Permalink

    I think we are in the lead for Malik and its based on who returns.

    A national championship sure won’t hurt our chances either. I like all the comments from this interview, especially about Coach Payne.

    • BTownUKFan
      5:14 pm January 26, 2015 Permalink

      I get the feeling that Coach Payne is the guy that talks the players back up after Cal thrashes them a bit. I think he is a great asset to the chemistry of our teams. I hope he likes working with Coach Cal and being a part of the legacy they are creating and sticks around to see it to the end.

  3. WCS15UK
    5:20 pm January 26, 2015 Permalink

    I remember Matt talking a couple of months ago about good recruiting news he got that wouldn’t be public until Spring. Wondering if Newman is who he was talking about.