Mississippi State rising sophomore guard Malik Newman was considering a transfer after he withdrew his name from the NBA draft last week, and now his career with the Bulldogs is over.
The 6-foot-3 guard will transfer after one season in Starkville, the school announced Monday. Newman’s father, Horatio Webster, indicated to The Clarion-Ledger‘s Michael Bonner there was a “trust issue” between Newman and Mississippi State coach Ben Howland, but then Howland wished Newman well in a press release.
“I appreciate all of Malik’s hard work, and I wish him the very best moving forward,” Howland said in a statement. “I want nothing but the best for Malik and his family.”
Newman worked out at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago earlier this month, but decided to return to school due to the likelihood of being selected as a second-round pick. He averaged 11.3 points, 2.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game in his freshman season with the Bulldogs. Newman started 21 games, but shot roughly 39 percent from the field.
Newman, the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2015, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, will have to sit out a season once he transfers, per NCAA rules.