Malik Newman was a 5-star recruit, the No. 1 point guard in the country and a huge signing for Ben Howland and the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Now, Newman is transferring to Kansas, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN,
Newman considered the Jayhawks out of high school before staying in his home state and playing for Mississippi State.
“I’m glad they wanted me again,” Newman told Goodman. “I love the basketball culture at Kansas, the way Bill Self holds guys accountable and love the atmosphere.”
Newman also took visits to NC State, Oregon and Western Kentucky, whose head coach Rick Stansbury used to coach at Mississippi State and just secured the services of 2017 5-star Mitchell Robinson. Newman held offers from Kentucky and Kansas out of high school.
Newman will have to sit out a year, but he will have three years of eligibility remaining. In his one year at Mississippi State, Newman averaged 11.3 points per game on 39 percent shooting. Newman also considered entering the NBA Draft, but pulled out before deciding to transfer.
The Jayhawks starting backcourt is made up of Frank Mason III, a senior, and Devonte Graham, a junior. That pairing, and getting to practice against a backcourt that led Kansas to an Elite Eight, is part of the reason why Newman picked Kansas.
“It’s the right place for me to be,” Newman said. “I can compete against those guys every day, and that will make me better. It also allows me to get comfortable with the system.”