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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Transfer Malik Newman to visit KU, NC State

Mississippi State's Malik Newman chews on his mouthpiece during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Columbia, Mo.

Mississippi State's Malik Newman chews on his mouthpiece during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Columbia, Mo.

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Former Mississippi State basketball combo guard Malik Newman, who has announced plans to transfer from the SEC school after one season, is expected to visit Kansas University and North Carolina State in the near future, Jon Rothstein of CBSsports.com reported Wednesday.

Rothstein said the KU visit would be this week.

In response, Newman’s dad, Horatio Webster told Zagsblog.com: “We have not set up one visit. We haven’t even gotten our release yet.”

Newman, who was ranked No. 8 in the recruiting Class of 2015 by Rivals.com, initially chose his dad’s alma mater over KU and Kentucky. Newman, a McDonald’s All-American originally from Jackson, Miss., averaged 11.3 points a game off 39.1 percent shooting his freshman season at MSU.

KU still has two scholarships to award in recruiting. The Jayhawks have been pursuing former Duke point guard Derryck Thornton, who has a final list of KU, Washington, Miami and USC, as well as McDonald’s All-America forward Jarrett Allen, 6-9 senior from St. Stephens Episcopal in Austin, Texas, who has yet to choose between KU, Texas and Houston.

Newman declared for the NBA Draft, but did not sign with an agent and withdrew at the deadline.

“There was 10-minute burst at NBA Combine where I thought Malik Newman should be elite college scorer. Needs to pick school that needs points,” ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla Tweeted.

So many transfers: Transferring has become so commonplace it is now taking place at this late date when schools normally have filled up their scholarship allotments. Earlier this week, California standout Jordan Mathews, a career 41 percent three-point shooter, announced plans to leave Berkeley as a graduate transfer. Gonzaga is believed to be his likely destination.

Mathews’ departure opens a scholarship at Cal for former Kentucky forward Marcus Lee, who has announced plans to leave Lexington. Lee also is considering Washington and perhaps others.

Meanwhile, former Kentucky guard Charles Matthews is considering Xavier and Michigan, ESPN.com reports.

Latest mock: Draftexpress.com, which released its latest NBA mock draft Wednesday, says Boston will draft former KU forward Cheick Diallo with the No. 23 pick of the first round.

Wayne Selden Jr. is projected to go 17th in the second round to Orlando, while Perry Ellis and Brannen Greene are not listed in either round.

FOE to sign: Former KU forwards Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris and Thomas Robinson will be at The Oread, 1200 Oread Ave, from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday for the “launch of FOE Snapbacks and Beanies,” Robinson reported on Twitter. FOE means “Family Over Everything.” The public is invited. Apparently both items will be on sale, with autographs available.

More details will be provided when they are available.

KU makes list: Charles O’Bannon, Jr., a 6-6 shooting guard from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman who is ranked No. 27 in the Class of 2017, tells Zagsblog.com he has a final eight of KU, UCLA, Texas, North Carolina State, Washington, Oregon, UNLV and Arizona. He’s the son of former UCLA guard Charles O’Bannon.

“Coach Townsend (Kurtis, KU assistant) talks to me about how I would fit into the program,” O’Bannon told Jayhawkslant.com. “He has been talking to me about coming out to Kansas for a visit. I love that Kansas is in a college town. I love that everything that happens at Kansas is all about Kansas (basketball).”

He’s at it again on Twitter: Former KU center Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, who is known for his tweets, took to Twitter to try to recruit free agent Kevin Durant. “Time to RECRUIT KD to the Sixers,” he tweeted with three hands in prayer concluding the text. In 2014, Embiid tweeted to LeBron James: “Hey bro hope you’re having a good day … want to join us in philly? Peace.”

Comments

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 8 months ago

With all the transferring, early entries and non-NBA professional opportunities, it sure is hard to project how our team, or any elite school, will look 2 years down the road. Maybe it's not such a bad strategy to leave open a scholarship, or two, until late spring or summer to accommodate transfer situations and the NBA combine/draft schedule.

I've wondering if this Baylor situation will have wider reverberations throughout collegiate athletics what the purpose is all about. Since there is nothing in Title IX that restricts transferring and it's everyone's right to transfer schools, I'm not sure if anything can be done....or should be done about it.

It all makes a fan appreciate the rare 'Perry Ellis' type players.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 8 months ago

It seems sort of funny to think about projecting 2 yrs in advance. How times have changed.

It also makes me appreciate all the more what Coach Self has created here, because it does seem like a safe bet to say that 2 yrs from now we will be one of the 2 best teams in conference (at some point we will lose I guess), and one of the 10 best teams in the country, or maybe 20 if it is a really off/injury diminished tourney year.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 8 months ago

Newman and/or Thornton would be great. Wouldn't that make a fabulous practice squad for Frank and Devonte.

Allen too. Or they can go somewhere else and we'll keep winning without them.

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 8 months ago

Excellent, Suzi and Dirk. Agree totally. Nothing to add.

Robert Brock 3 years, 8 months ago

Thornton would be a great addition to the Kansas squad; Newman looks more like a Cat Barber replacement.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

I would like to see us land Thornton over Newman.. Cat Barber's play (averaging 23.5 points, 4.7 assists and 4.5 boards) has in some way helped rebuild his image but he still suffers from foot in mouth disease.

Tony Bandle 3 years, 8 months ago

Based on how hard we went after Newman, Allen's closeness to the Texas program and Thorton's many options, IF we land anyone, I'm guessing Malik.

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