Long-suffering Mississippi State basketball fans may soon have something to cheer about.
Gary Parrish of CBS Sports cited sources that Callaway five-star Malik Newman will commit to the Bulldogs on Friday.
Parrish stated that his sources were from multiple staffs involved in the recruitment of Newman, two of which said that Newman’s commitment to MSU is “done”.
Courtney Cronin of the Clarion Ledger quoted Newman after the CBS Sports report surfaced that he had not committed and was still deciding between Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kansas and Kentucky.
Newman is expected to announce his decision Friday at noon streamed live exclusively on the Clarion Ledger’s website.
The Crystal Ball predictions on 247Sports.com swayed in favor of the Bulldogs earlier this week.
MSU was the first program to offer the 6-foot-3, 174-pounder, who is rated as the nation’s top point guard recruit and No. 5 overall prospect. Newman’s father, Horatio Webster, played for the Bulldogs from 1997-98 under Richard Williams.
Rumors also arose on social media that Newman had already faxed in his national letter of intent to State but Webster refuted those accusations to the Clarion Ledger stating the paperwork was unsigned and on a dresser in his home.
Newman guided the Chargers to their fourth consecutive Class 5A state championship this past season averaging 29.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
The McDonald’s All-American also played for Team USA winning a gold medal and MVP honors at both the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship and the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.