After landing a highly regarded point guard, D.C. standout Chris Lykes, the Hurricanes got some more good news on the recruiting front.
Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman, rated No. 10 among all players in the 2015 recruiting class, will visit Miami this weekend, according to a source close to him.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman also reported Newman would visit.
The source told the Post that Newman, who has visited Western Kentucky and North Carolina State, is also considering Oregon. Wherever he lands, he would sit out the 2016-17 season because of NCAA transfer rules.
Newman, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound combo guard, was considered a potential one-and-done talent when he enrolled at Mississippi State in 2015. He averaged 11.3 points while dealing with a back injury and turf toe. Taking advantage of the new rule allowing underclassmen to test the NBA Draft waters, he participated in the NBA Combine and opted to stay in school when he was told he might be a second-round pick.
UM can sell him on its pick-and-roll offense and success in integrating transfers, like Shane Larkin, Kenny Kadji, Sheldon McClellan, Angel Rodriguez and Kamari Murphy.
Newman hails from Jackson, Mississippi and attended the same high school (Callaway) as football wide receiver Dayall Harris, who began his career at Mississippi and transferred to UM this summer from junior college. In a tweet congratulating him for the move, Newman called Harris “kinfolk.”
Harris and Newman won basketball state titles together in 2012 and 2013. Newman, a McDonald’s All-American who has his No. 14 Callaway jersey retired, won two more after Harris graduated.
If Newman commits to UM, he would be the fourth top-50 player to pledge to Jim Larranaga this year, joining fellow five-star recruits Bruce Brown (No. 26 in ESPN’s final 2016 ratings) and Dewan Huell (No. 28) and top-50 recruit Lykes (No. 46 in 2017).
As this story lays out, such recruiting success is new for the Hurricanes, who signed just two five-star recruits (according to Scout’s rankings) in the near-decade before Larranaga arrived in 2011.