Class of 2015 standout Malik Newman has a scholarship offer from Kentucky, the Jackson Clarion Ledger reported Tuesday night.
Newman — a 6-foot-3 combo guard — joins Skal Labissiere, Stephen Zimmerman and Charles Matthews as the 2015 prospects who are known to have UK offers.
The Jackson, Miss., native is coming off an MVP performance for the Team USA under-16 squad, which won the gold medal in the FIBA Americas tournament in Uruguay last week.
Newman told the Herald-Leader earlier this spring that he doesn’t pay much attention to his recruitment.
“I really feel that it’s too early,” he said. “It’s not like I’m going to college next year. So, right now, I’m just worrying about getting my team better and getting myself better.”
The Clarion Ledger reported that Kansas, Duke and Arizona have also offered in recent days. All of the SEC is actively recruiting Newman, who is ranked by 24/7 Sports as the No. 1 overall player in the class of 2015.
Newman told the Herald-Leader that distinction is both a blessing and a curse.
“It’s good, but at the same time it’s not,” he said. “The good part about it is it lets me know that everything I’ve been working toward and striving for is paying off. But the bad part about it is, everyone in the country knows you. So every time I come on the court, I have something to prove. They’re always bringing their ‘A’ game at me. And there may be someone in the crowd who’s never seen me play, saying, ‘Well, I want to know if he’s really the best player in the class.’
“So I have to prove myself night in and night out.”