Mississippi State guard Malik Newman hoped to be a one-and-done player, but he has decided to return to the college level.
Newman will with withdraw his name from the NBA draft on Wednesday and maintain his eligibility, his father, Horatio Webster, told the Clarion-Ledger’s Michael Bonner. The 6-foot-3 guard may also seek a transfer, according to the report, but Webster said that Newman is still enrolled at Mississippi State.
Newman, who was ranked as the No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2015 by ESPN, averaged 11.3 points, 2.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game in his freshman season with the Bulldogs. He started 21 games, but shot roughly 39 percent from the field.
Newman participated at the NBA combine in Chicago two weeks ago, but was not projected to be a first-round pick in the draft. The deadline for early entrants who have not signed agents to withdraw from the draft is May 25.
“We just weren’t comfortable where he was in the second round,” Webster told Bonner.
If Newman eventually decides to transfer from the Bulldogs, he would have to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules.