Thursday, June 30, 2016

Newman will make choice public today

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.


Former Mississippi State guard Malik Newman, who made an official recruiting visit to Kansas University on Tuesday and Wednesday, is expected to announce his transfer destination today.’s Jon Rothstein reports that the 6-foot-3 combo guard “is down to Kansas and Western Kentucky.” Newman also has visited Oregon, North Carolina State and Miami in recent weeks.

Of the visit to KU, Newman’s dad, Horatio Webster, told “We had never seen the facilities before, and that blew us away. I didn’t realize that the facilities were that nice. To see it for yourself, that was an experience in itself.” Newman will practice but not play in games next season and be eligible in 2017-18.

“Coach (Bill) Self just said that he would be allowed to make plays,” Webster said of his son who averaged 11.3 points, 2.9 boards and 2.2 assists his one season at Mississippi State. “He would put the ball in his hands, but the main thing is, coach Self will allow Malik to use his skill set. Malik will be allowed to go make plays if he decides to attend Kansas.”

Of likely announcing today, Webster said: “The process has been crazy and he’s ready to get it over with. He’s ready to get it over with and get to summer school.”

Ellis representing Ellis: Former KU forward Perry Ellis has signed an endorsement deal with the clothing company, “Perry Ellis,” Ellis announced on Twitter.

“Can’t wait to get to work! Excited to start the next chapter wearing @perryellis,” Ellis of the Dallas Mavericks wrote.

In confirming the deal with, Lisa Kauffman, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Perry Ellis the company said: “Perry Ellis (the basketball player) has signed an endorsement deal with Perry Ellis (the menswear brand). We are very excited about the association — beyond the clear connection to our namesake designer — this playful partnership stays true to the fun, lighthearted nature of the brand.”

Ballock, Jackson at camp: Eudora High senior-to-be Mitch Ballock is one of 23 high school guards attending the Steph Curry camp in the Bay Area. KU freshman Josh Jackson is one of 10 college counselors. Ballock has orally committed to play basketball at Creighton.

Ferguson to turn pro now: Former KU recruiting target Terrance Ferguson, who ultimately chose Arizona, will play pro ball overseas next season instead of at U of A, Arizona coach Sean Miller announced. Ferguson is a 6-6 guard who attended Dallas Advanced Prep, formerly Prime Prep which has had some players with eligibility problems. He’s ranked No. 14 in the recruiting Class of 2016 by

“Terrance Ferguson informed me earlier this week that he has decided to pursue professional opportunities instead of attending the University of Arizona this fall,” Miller said. “I hope this next chapter of his basketball career goes well, and his goal of one day becoming an NBA player is realized.”


Bob Thompson 5 years, 3 months ago

We may see more high school players doing what Terrance is doing, going overseas. Look at how may overseas players were drafted this year. Why not go overseas get paid good money then get drafted into the NBA and make even more money. I am not saying I agree with what is happening, I am just saying we may see a lot more high school players going overseas instead of becoming one and done players in college.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 3 months ago

Completely agree.

Had Diallo played at a prep school or overseas, he probably would have been a high first round pick, possibly lottery. Same thing for Alexander last year and UK, Skal L. this year. Kids risk getting exposed when they attend elite CBB institutions. The NBA opened a can of worms with the Thong Maker letting him into the draft and then gaining 10th!

Humpy Helsel 5 years, 3 months ago

This is why I've come full circle to believe the best policy is to just drop the OAD farce and let kids sign or play with whomever they want. Allow them to put their names in the draft each year if they choose. As long as they don't sign with an agent and/or accept money, they can opt to enroll in school on scholarship, choosing D-1 competition and education. For those not interested in school, do whatever you want. This would hopefully help curtail (wouldn't eliminate) some of the under the table, back door deals with money getting to "mentors" and AAU coaches, etc. The result will be more 2, 3, 4 year college players interested in getting an education and experiencing personal/intellectual growth only a university setting can provide. We will never see some of the elite players in the college game, and I think that is OK.

Gerry Butler 5 years, 3 months ago

Hoping for good news. I would hope that we are at a level in our program where we would have an advantage over Western Kentucky but who knows. There had been discussion over threads about talented players Like Malik going to lesser named schools such as Mississippi St and the school not advancing to the tourney, whether such happenings would make an athlete re-consider in the future about just attending the blue bloods, because of the exposure and tourney runs. So if that is the case then you would have to feel really good about our chances. I mean would Malik make the same choice a 2nd time and chose Western Kentucky, like he did before by going to Mississippi St over Kentucky and KU?- - My feeling is- - -I think not. His father said they were just blown away by our facilities. Let's just hope this is a good thing. Hoping for a good outcome. ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 3 months ago

Seriously....Newman's choices has come down to WKY or Kansas....?

I don't know much about Newman but have heard so many disparaging comments about him but similar comments were used to describe B-Rush and BMac. If Newman is truly as good as Self believes he was out of HS, I have some serious doubts we'll every see him play a minute of official time at Kansas. He will improve a lot going up against our guys everyday in practice which should greatly enhance his NBA Combine performance in the spring of '17. If he does pay in '17-'18 the team of Newman-Graham-Vick-Azubuike-maybe Bragg-maybe Ayton (sp) should be a strong contender to take the NC in San Antonio. The stage would be set for a back-to-back NC run.

Benny Armstrong 5 years, 3 months ago

The Western Kentucky draw I believe was more to do with a 4/5 star big man he knew that committed there earlier this week and those two potentially pairing up, however I read somewhere else it was actually down to KU and Oregon. In the end, it doesn't matter because he's announced he's transferring to KU which will be great since we could lose Frank, Svi, Josh, and Devonte after this year. As for your point about Newman potentially being in the '17 draft, there's a rule against entering the draft after sitting for a transfer year so he's guaranteed to play at least one season for us. Playing and learning the offense/defense for a season will be huge for his development and ability once he's on the court running the show next year.

Gerry Butler 5 years, 3 months ago

just read from another site, believe ESPN stating wondering if Western Kentucky's commit of the big 7 footer highly recruited for 2017 name Robinson may come into play for Newman. Didn't realize that Western Kentucky's former Coach was now the new Coach for Western Kentucky- -name I believe is Stansbury. I just have to believe with The comments of how blown away Newman and family was by our facilities, with that being said and us being in his final last time, I just have really like our chances- - - but who knows, kind of scares me a bit if Coach Self said they would put the ball in Malik's hands and let him make plays, how does that fit in with the others on the team? - - Kind of got a feel like others have said Malik's dad seems to be playing huge part, that might not be such a good thing. - Sounds like dad wants son to be the star- -stud, we need team player not me, me, me - - -hope that's not the case. Probably just over reacting on my part- -hope so. We shall see

Robert Brock 5 years, 3 months ago

If Newman chooses Western Kentucky, it is a sign that Stansbury will give him the keys and let him do whatever he wants at the point.

If he chooses Kansas, on the other hand, I expect that the KU coaching staff will require Newman to completely relearn the game of basketball. Newman is good at driving to the glass and finishing, but other facets of his game are mediocre to awful - especially decision-making. He is not a good passer, his shooting is average, and he has never had to play defense. Hudy would have to work hard to get him into proper condition.

The kid will get away from Mississippi for the first time. Would he be able to survive Kansas cuisine? That might be his toughest adjustment!

Jesse O'Brien 5 years, 3 months ago

Malik just picked KU! ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!

Gerry Butler 5 years, 3 months ago

no kidding, dang early announcement that's awesome- -Welcome Malik

Mallory Briggans 5 years, 3 months ago


David Kemp 5 years, 3 months ago

This is huge. Finally good things going our way on the recruiting trail. Season is looking pretty solid.

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