Why They Are Here
With the loss of Senior leader Frank Mason Bill Self knew he needed a replacement in the starting lineup. Instead of an incoming freshman Self brought in Newman; who transferred from Mississippi State. He averaged 11.3 points per game in his lone year with Coach Howland. Coming out of High School he was a top 10 player according to ESPN and a participant in the McDonalds All American game and Jordan Brand Classic.
Role This Season
Newman will enjoy playing alongside Devonte Graham this season. In Self’s offense last year Graham and Mason both played as point guards in a two guard offense; I see Newman playing a similar role this year. He will likely be allowed to play more off Graham and look for his own offense but at the same time he can be seen playing point this year. I look for him to be one of the main players on the Kansas team this year. While KU played in Italy earlier this summer Newman was in top form. Scoring 32 and 24 points in two of the four games and earning MVP honors for the tournament.
NBA Draft Prospects
Newman had an opportunity to be a likely first round pick if he departed after his freshman season. Newman decided to use the transfer season to reset and improve his game to hopefully restore his stock to what it was out of high school which was a consensus Top 10 pick.