Bethune Cookman Point Guard Malik Maitland Talks About Draft Process and Return to College
Updated: Jun 11, 2019
After entering his name in the 2019 NBA Draft, point guard Malik Maitland has decided to return to Bethune Cookman for his senior season.
Maitland is originally from Long Island, New York but moved to Daytona Beach, Florida when he was 15. He went to highschool at Father Lopez Catholic. As a senior in high school, Maitland won Daytona Beach News-Journal Player of the Year.
“Coming out of Daytona Beach and being able to play at Cookman means a lot,” Maitland said. “Not many people have an opportunity to play in their hometown and it’s a great honor because I get to be close to my family and also be known as a role model in the Florida area.”
Before his senior season at Father Lopez, Maitland committed to Morehead State University.
Maitland spent two seasons at Morehead State. He started 8 games and averaged 5.4 points in 16.6 minutes per game as a freshman. As a sophomore, Maitland started 8 of the 9 games he played in. In those 9 games, he averaged 8.8 points in 25.3 minutes per game.
Midway through his sophomore season, he decided to transfer from Morehead State.
“I had an altercation with my coach and it made me want to be closer to my family,” Maitland said.
Maitland decided to transfer to Bethune Cookman.
“I wanted to challenge myself and be the first player that is a Daytona native to bring them a championship and be the first person to help them get to March Madness,” Maitland said.
In his first season at Bethune Cookman, Maitland was the starting point guard for the Wildcats the entire season before suffering a season ending injury. He averaged 10.0 points in 30.6 minutes per game.
In his second season, Maitland averaged 13.7 points in 29.8 minutes per game and was named Second Team All-MEAC.
Maitland decided to explore his possibilities and opportunities. He entered the 2019 NBA Draft without hiring an agent which gave him the chance to maintain college eligibility.
“Being able to enter the draft and workout in front of a bunch of teams opened my eyes,” Maitland said. “It was an honor and blessing to see how much more potential I have and I can not wait to see what this season brings.”
After exploring his options, Maitland decided to return to Bethune Cookman for his senior season.
“It means I will be able to hopefully achieve the goals I’ve been wanting to on and off the court,” Maitland said when asked what returning to Bethune Cookman meant to him.
Bethune Cookman was 9-7 in conference last season and was the five seed of their conference tournament.
Maitland expects the Wildcats to be better this upcoming season and compete for a MEAC Championship.
“For everyone to work together as a team and try to stay undefeated and be MEAC champs and become tournament champs,” Maitland said when asked about his expectations for the upcoming season.