Purdue already has one McDonald's All-American from the class of 2015. Why not get a second? It appears that coach painter and Co. may be after Malik Newman, a transfer from Mississippi State that is on the market:
Eleven of those schools play in Power 5 conference, including one in the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt is the only conference foe to inquire about Newman, joining Kansas, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Arizona, North Carolina State, Arizona State, Miami, TCU, Iowa State and Oregon.
Butler, Western Kentucky, Colorado State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Cal State Northridge have also shown interest. Schools are required to go through Mississippi State before directly contacting Newman.
Newman was rated 8th nationally by Rivals in the 2015 class and 10th by ESPN. He would have three years of eligibility remaining, but would have to sit out the 2016-17 season.
Newman averaged almost 28 minutes per game this past season for the Bulldogs, scoring 11.3 points to go with 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He is listed as a 6'3" 190 pound shooting guard that shot 38% from three. His best game was when he scored 25 in an 83-77 win over rival Mississippi. He was 7 of 10 from three in that game.