Five-star basketball prospect Malik Newman announced his commitment to Mississippi State on Friday.
Newman — a 6-foot-3 guard from Jackson, Miss. — chose the Bulldogs over Kentucky, Kansas and Ole Miss. His father, Horatio Webster, was a standout player for Mississippi State in the late 1990s.
Kentucky was long seen as the favorite for Newman, who was targeted by Coach John Calipari more than two years ago as UK’s No. 1 backcourt priority in the class of 2015. In recent weeks, Mississippi State began to emerge as the new favorite, especially after the school hired Ben Howland as its head coach on March 24.