Mississippi State Bulldogs standout Malik Newman has withdrawn his name from consideration in the NBA Draft.
Not only will he be returning to the college ranks for his sophomore season, but it looks like he may not even be with the Bulldogs going forward. ESPN reported that Newman is likely going to seek a transfer from Mississippi State for the 2016-17 season and beyond.
His father did confirm that he would pull out of the NBA Draft and indicated Newman might be transferring within Division I. He declined to comment on the situation, however.
Malik Newman, a Jackson, Mississippi native, was a top ten recruit in the 2015 class and made the surprising decision to stay in-state with the Bulldogs. He had a great freshman season by averaging 11.3 points per game, but stayed off the national radar due to his team being one of the more mediocre ones in the country.
He reportedly in “unhappy with his role and how he was utilized” at Mississippi State. If he does decide to transfer, he would have to sit out the 2016-17 season, but would have three years of eligibility left beginning in 2017.
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