If anyone else was hoping to get a look at Malik Newman in a Calloway game against Devin Booker's Moss Point team, the game is off. Moss Point's coach says his team isn't playing on Thursday night. Clarion Ledger
Callaway-Moss Point ESPN game off, says Cotton
October 31st, 2013| by John Talty
Remember that big ESPN game meant to showcase Malik Newman versus Devin Booker? The nation’s top-ranked junior versus the 18th best senior?
Don’t bank on it happening, says Moss Point coach Micoe Cotton.
Callaway and Moss Point had plans to play an ESPN televised game at the Mississippi Coliseum. Callaway coach David Sanders told The Clarion-Ledger earlier this month that the teams were in the process of finalizing a game to be played on Thursday, Dec. 19.
But Cotton told The Clarion-Ledger Thursday that he never agreed to a Dec. 19 date because he preferred a Jan. 4 game so that more Moss Point fans could make the trip up to Jackson for the game. He said that Sanders was also open to the idea, but that a higher up in the JPS athletic department nixed that date.
“It wasn’t good for my people to travel up there for a Thursday,” Cotton said. “We could have found a Saturday date we would have played.”
Cotton said he was supposed to have a teleconference call with Sanders and an ESPN representative, but it never happened. He said he’s still open to playing in the game if ESPN gets involved in scheduling it.
“If ESPN gets involved we’ll take a look at it, but as of right now it’s not going to happen,” he said.
The game was meant to feature the two top basketball players in the state of Mississippi. Booker, who committed to Kentucky Thursday, averaged 29.7 points per game and is considered one of the nation’s top shooters.
Newman, the consensus top-rated class of 2015 prospect, lead Callaway to its second consecutive Class 5A championship last season. Newman already has scholarship offers from Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and Florida, among others.
Guess he wanted a few fans there so a Jackson venue could feel a little more like a neutral court. Seems kind of dumb to me when thinking about the exposure to his program. Since Calloway would have an overwhelmingly large number of fans either night, I can't imagine someone on the Jackson school board cared whether they played on Thursday or Saturday.
Do the recruits have enough pull for this to be Booker dictating scheduling? If so, any chance he gets his way?