Former Mississippi State guard Malik Newman has decided to transfer to Kansas over NC State, Oregon and Western Kentucky. Malik Newman will have to sit out next season, per NCAA rules. He will practice along with Kansas guards Frank Mason III and Devonte’ Graham.
Kansas and Western Kentucky were the front runners to land Newman. Kansas was surely the most reasonable choice for Newman, however. Kansas recruited Newman heavily out of high school, unlike Western Kentucky, where Newman was a top 10 prospect in the class of 2015. Additionally, Newman would be able to practice alongside some of the top guards in the country while he had to sit, Devonte’ Graham and Frank Mason III to name a few. Western Kentucky does not have a guard core like Kansas. Furthermore, Newman can’t go wrong by choosing Kansas. Choosing Mississippi State was definitely a risk for Newman as Mississippi State is not a prestigious basketball school. In terms of his transfer, Western Kentucky would be a risk for Newman as Western Kentucky, though a rising program, does not have the same prestige a school like Kansas does. Big 12 basketball undoubtedly is more competitive than C-USA basketball, which is another reason why Kansas was the right choice for Newman.
Malik Newman, once projected to be a lottery pick out of high school, is expected to spend a year at Kansas, and will become a second round pick. If he stays multiple years, his draft stock will rise, but him being considered a lottery pick again is a reach.