CHICAGO — UK basketball coach John Calipari started this season with two platoons.
His next mission: A lineup with three point guards?
Five-star recruit Malik Newman says it could work.
Newman, the No. 1 guard in the class of 2015, remains uncommitted heading into Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game in Chicago. Many recruiting services list him as a shooting guard, though he has said in the past that he'd like to run the point at the college level, just like he has for USA Basketball junior teams the past two summers.
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Even if the Wildcats lose Andrew Harrison to the pros after this season, they'll still likely have Tyler Ulis back for a second season, with UK signee Isaiah Briscoe — the No. 1-ranked point guard in the class of 2015 — there to join him.
Newman sat in on part of Briscoe's interview with the Herald-Leader on Sunday night, and afterward he was asked if he thought the two McDonald's All-Americans and Ulis would work in the same backcourt.
"I think it could," Newman said. "You really can't press us. All of us can create for others, and we can create for ourselves. There's never a point where you'd be like, 'Oh, we're just going to stick our best defender on Briscoe, and we're just going to work from there.' Because you have two other great guards on the court at the same time that can do the exact same things Briscoe can do."
Newman also somewhat dismissed the notion that he's dead-set on being solely a point guard at the next level, as many have claimed.
"It is (important), but, at the same time, I'm a natural-born scorer. I'm really a scorer," he said. "With the ball in my hand and me being able to make point-guard decisions, I think that just makes me a better player."
Briscoe has been trying for months to get Newman to join him as a Wildcat. He has no doubt that they would fit well together with Ulis in Lexington.
"It will work. We'll make it work," Briscoe said. "Whatever it takes to get Malik to come to Kentucky."
The vibe around this week's McDonald's All-American festivities suggests that UK is expecting Aaron and Andrew Harrison to declare for the NBA Draft after this season.
Briscoe — UK's only signee at the McDonald's Game — was asked about freshman shooting guard Devin Booker.
"I don't think Devin's staying," he said. "He's having a great year. They're saying he could be a top-20 pick."
DraftExpress.com currently projects Booker as the No. 17 pick in this year's NBA Draft.
This year's McDonald's Game will feature seven uncommitted recruits who are still considering UK: Jaylen Brown, Thomas Bryant, Cheick Diallo, Brandon Ingram, Malik Newman, Caleb Swanigan and Stephen Zimmerman.
Brown, Newman and Zimmerman all told the Herald-Leader on Sunday that they could very well wait until after current college players make their NBA decisions before announcing their own college choices.
Ingram told the Herald-Leader on Monday that he will definitely wait until NBA decisions are made before picking a school. He also said he has an in-home visit with John Calipari scheduled for after the NCAA Tournament.
Bryant and Swanigan left the door open for decisions before the NBA's early entry date, which is April 26.
Diallo declined an interview request Monday but is expected to be available for questions Tuesday.
Huntington Prep power forward Thomas Bryant was one of the standouts at Monday's practice, a setting that included several NBA scouts.
Based on his comments so far this week, Indiana is in good shape with the 6-10 prospect.
Bryant said neither UK nor Syracuse has been in contact with him in at least a couple of months. Indiana and Missouri are the only other schools on his list, and he said the Hoosiers are recruiting him the hardest.
"Everybody just welcomed me with open arms," he said of his most recent visit to IU. "They all were completely honest with me."
Rabb moves on
Five-star power forward Ivan Rabb confirmed to the Herald-Leader that he is no longer considering Kentucky. The top-10 prospect is down to Arizona and California, and he said an announcement could come as early as this week while he's in Chicago for the McDonald's Game. His mother was set to arrive in town Monday afternoon, and the pair planned to talk about his future then.
UK, Kansas and UCLA were the latest three teams cut from consideration.