Five-star basketball recruit Malik Newman commits to Mississippi State over LSU, Kentucky, others _lowres

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Malik Newman, the nation's No. 1 guard prospect, announced his commitment to Mississippi State on Friday.

Newman committed to the Bulldogs over LSU, Kansas and Kentucky.

Earlier this week, Madison Prep's Brandon Sampson gave LSU three players ranked in the top 40 nationally by ESPN. The Tigers signed the nation’s top player, Ben Simmons of Montverde Academy, during the early signing period in the fall.

LSU also has a commitment from another top guard and Florida-based recruit, Oak Ridge High’s Antonio Blakeney, who is rated 14th. Sampson is listed as the No. 39 recruit by ESPN.