By LARRY VAUGHT
Mississippi guard Malik Newman doesn’t intend to make his college choice until afer his senior season at Callaway High School in Jackson, Miss., ends. However, because he has Kentucky on his list, he knows he’ll likely get a rowdy reception when he plays in the Marshall County Hoop Fest in early December.
“When the time comes for that, I like interacting with fans. If the crowd doesn’t like you, you don’t have fans,” said Newman. “I get along with everybody. I am sure the fans will be great in Kentucky
“I am used to the spotlight and the fans. I credit my dad for that. He helps keep me humble. He told me some days people would love you, other days they would hate you. You can’t get mad. I always took that with me. If I get criticized, I try to take it and get better. But I know it will be a fun time.”
Two years ago Andrew Wiggins, the top pick in this year’s NBA Draft, played at Marshall County and got huge ovations from fans along with twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison, who had signed with UK. Last year UK fans were gracious to Dallas guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who had just signed with SMU (now he’s headed to China), and he praised the fans for how they treated him.