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  • Malik Newman's unusual path: From top 10 recruit to transfer

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger10 hrs ago

    Until Monday, only one Rivals top 10 prospect in the past decade had transferred from the school with which he originally signed.

    Now former Pittsburgh and UNLV forward Khem Birch has company on that list.

    Mississippi State announced Monday that guard Malik Newman intends to transfer after an inconsistent, injury-plagued freshman season with the Bulldogs. Newman entered the NBA draft without signing with an agent last month before withdrawing last Wednesday.

    "I appreciate all of Malik’s hard work, and I wish him the very best moving forward," Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said in a statement. "I want nothing but the best for Malik and his family."

    Transferring is unusual among top 10 prospects because most expect to reach the NBA within a year or two. A freshman who transfers must sit out a full year before playing his sophomore season, something most top 10 prospects are unwilling to do even if they're unhappy with their playing time or how they're being used.

    That Newman is the rare exception suggests he must have felt returning to Mississippi State was a very unfavorable option. 

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