Malik Newman declared for the NBA Draft back in March only to pull his name out before last week’s deadline to return to college.
However, that college will not be Mississippi State.
The university confirmed Monday that Newman has been granted his release and intends to transfer.
“I appreciate all of Malik’s hard work, and I wish him the very best moving forward,” said MSU coach Ben Howland. “I want nothing but the best for Malik and his family.”
The 6-foot-3 guard played in 29 games as a true freshman at MSU last season with 22 starts. Newman finished fourth on the team averaging 11.3 points but was hampered by turf toe, back and knee injuries throughout the season.
Newman’s best outing came against Ole Miss on Jan. 23, when he scored 25 points going 7-of-10 from 3-point range.
The Jackson native won four state championships at Callaway High School and was named a McDonald’s All-American. The former five-star recruit also earned offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Memphis, N.C. State, North Carolina and Ole Miss during his initial recruiting process.
Newman’s father, Horatio Webster, played basketball for the Bulldogs from 1997-98.