Former Mississippi State guard Malik Newman decided to transfer from the school weeks ago after having a rough freshman year. Newman was regarded as a top 10 high school prospect in 2015, and he somewhat lived up to that hype his first collegiate season averaging 11.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG, and 2.2 APG. However, Newman was “unhappy with his role and how he was utilized”, a source close to Newman named as the reason for the departure. Newman will have to sit out one year before playing again, which will be in the 2017-2018 season.
Newman has made serious progress in his recruitment thus far. Newman has visited Kansas, Miami, NC State and Western Kentucky, ESPN says. He added Oregon to his list recently as well, and has cut Miami (FL) from his list of possibilities. It may seem shocking, but Western Kentucky is definitely a contender for Newman as former Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury coaches the Hilltoppers. According to ESPN, a source told Chad Bishop of WBKO that Newman is “probably a lock” to Western Kentucky. However, Bishop was hesitant to believe the source.
Though Western Kentucky is receiving a great deal of the buzz about Newman, Kansas seems like the school who will most likely land Newman. Jeff Goodman of ESPN believes that the Kansas will make a push for Newman. Kansas was pushing for former Duke guard Derryck Thornton as well, but Thornton decided to take his talents to USC. Now that Kansas has one player to focus on, Kansas will likely make a strong push for Newman, which will increase their odds to land him.
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