BENTON, Ky. — Top UK recruiting target Malik Newman had a solid individual showing in his first game in Kentucky on Friday night.
Newman scored 35 points and dished out four assists for Callaway (Miss.) in a 76-65 loss to Archbishop Carroll (Pa.) at the Marshall County Hoop Fest. He was 11-for-24 from the field, made five of 12 three-point attempts and dazzled the crowd with an array of offensive moves.
“It’s a great feeling,” Newman said of playing in Kentucky. “The Kentucky fans – they’re crazy out here. They just show a lot of love.”
The 6-foot-4 combo guard declined to talk specifically about his recruitment after the game. He did say that he enjoyed his unofficial visit to UK for Big Blue Madness but that he is still open to any school that wants to pursue his commitment.
Horatio Webster, Newman’s father, said head coaches from UK, Kansas, UConn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and N.C. State all came through Jackson, Miss., this fall to have in-home visits with his son.
Webster — a former player at Mississippi State — had nice things to say about UK and John Calipari, but he said he and his son rarely talk recruiting and he has no idea which way be might be leaning.
“He says he’s signing late,” Webster said. “That’s all he’s told me.”