The option for elite recruits to go overseas is real. So it’s no surprise the top PG in the Class of 2015 Malik Newman has been approached by professional teams in China and Spain, according to Newman’s father. While Newman sounds intent to stay stateside and play college ball next season, he currently remains uncommitted on his college decision.
TIGARD, Ore. — Malik Newman, one of the top prospects in high school basketball, is not only being pursued by the top college basketball teams, but has also heard from professionals teams in China and Europe.
It turns out the 6-foot-3 scoring sensation has been approached by representatives from professional leagues in China and Spain, according to his father — Horatio Webster.
“We have,” he said when asked if he and his son have heard from professional teams overseas. “One time he asked me about what it would be like overseas and then another time, he says ‘No dad I’m not going to do that.’ Of course I’m not going to make him do it.”
Webster said the pitch is simple: Play for pay.
“Their pitch is you can play basketball with professionals and get paid instead of going to college for nothing or whatever the case may be,” Webster explained to Scout. “You’d have that experience of playing against grown men and it’s a good league. The money is on time. It is real, but I don’t think that’s an option for Malik.”