KU target Newman says he’ll announce on Friday

Kansas University basketball recruiting.

Kansas University basketball recruiting.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kansas University recruiting target Malik Newman, a 6-foot-3 senior shooting guard from Callaway High in Jackson, Mississippi, will reveal his college choice on Friday, Newman said Tuesday.

“Friday at 12 (noon, Central time) tune in to see where I’ll be attending school next year!” Newman wrote on Twitter.

The announcement will be live-streamed at clarionledger.com.

Newman, a McDonald’s All-American who is ranked No. 3 nationally by Rivals.com, has a list of Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, LSU, Mississippi and North Carolina State.

“I think it’s going to come down to Kentucky or Mississippi State. I’d be shocked if it wasn’t Mississippi State (his dad’s alma mater),” ESPN’s Paul Biancardi said Tuesday on ESPNU’s hour-long recruiting special.

Diallo undecided: Cheick Diallo, a 6-9 senior from Our Savior New American High in Centereach, New York, on Monday night told Biancardi he’d like to announce his college choice “early next week.”

Biancardi said the No. 7-rated Diallo, who has a list of KU, St. John’s, Kentucky, Iowa State and Pitt, was “confused. He’s a little bit frustrated with the process. He really doesn’t know where he wants to go. If I were a betting man I think he stays close to home,” Biancardi said, predicting St. John’s will land Diallo.

Ingram announcing Monday: Brandon Ingram, a 6-8 senior forward from Kinston (North Carolina) High, who is ranked No. 19 by Rivals.com, said on the recruiting show that he hopes to announce Monday.

Ingram is considering KU, Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Kentucky and UCLA.

“I think he’ll stay in state,” ESPN’s Biancardi said.

Mack update: A KU assistant on Tuesday visited former VCU commit Tevin Mack, a 6-6 senior small forward from Dreher High in Columbia, South Carolina, who is ranked No. 78 by Rivals.com.

Mack chose VCU over Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia and UConn. Texas, which is now led by former VCU coach Shaka Smart, has been added to his new list of schools.

Schedule: KU’s 2015-16 nonconference hoops schedule should be out soon, KU officials said Tuesday. The Jayhawks will play a Jan. 30 Big 12/SEC Challenge game against a yet-to-be-determined opponent at home, thus will not play the early-January CBS game that has delayed KU’s opening of the Big 12 season by a week the past few years. KU plays Michigan State in the Champions Classic in Chicago, travels to the Maui Invitational with a field of Indiana, UCLA, St. John’s, UNLV, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Chaminade and travels to San Diego State.