• Salesmen: USA Today asked several top prep players to give their best sales pitch to Malik Newman. Here’s one from Carlton Bragg, at

    From Bragg to Newman: “OK, Malik I’ve been texting you all day anyway but check it out our fan base is crazy, we’re going to Europe in the preseason and how many teams can say that? Plus, we’ve got coach Self, the best coach in the country, and he lets you play your game and be you on the court. Oh and the girls! We’ve got all the girls you could want! And what’s better than playing at the Fieldhouse? I mean c’mon now!”

  • I’m sold. Where do I sign up?

  • Wednesday afternoon, a report surfaced from’s Gary Parish that five-star Callaway (Jackson, Miss.) guard Malik Newman intends to publicly commit to Mississippi State on Friday.

    Newman, who had visits scheduled with Ole Miss and Mississippi State for Wednesday, says he’s still deciding.

    “No, I haven’t committed,” Newman told the Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger. “Right now I’m down to my final four schools – Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kansas and Kentucky.”

    RELATED: Elite players make their pitch for Malik Newman to come to their school

    Parrish’s report cited “multiple staffs involved in Newman’s recruitment” including two coaches who said Newman to Mississippi State is “done.”

    Newman, again, refuted that information.

    “When I sit down with my parents, if I think Mississippi State is the right place, then that’s where I’ll pick,” he said. “Like I said, right now I’m down to my final four schools. I don’t really care what the media is saying. I think wherever is the best spot for me is where I’ll pick.”

    Last week at practices for the Jordan Brand Classic, Newman told reporters that he plans to only sign scholarship papers with the school he commits to.

    Rumors sparked on social media that Newman has already sent his papers in to Mississippi State. His father, Horatio Webster, denied that claim.

    “Who the hell would fill it out for him?” Webster said. “The scholarship papers are on the dresser in my house.”

    Newman says he still plans to commit during a private ceremony at 1 p.m. ET on Friday. His commitment will be live streamed at

  • Why would you deny what your going to do. I don’t get it

  • @BeddieKU23

    Once he’s declared he’s old news except to the school he declares to. This way he gets to stay in the spot light a little longer…

  • @Kip_McSmithers

    Of course, he’s been in the limelight for years its how he got the ego he has. I just think its funny how people come out publicly and deny the reports that get put out and then when they announce people were right to begin with.

    It’s happened plenty this off-season. Zimmerman, Rondae Jefferson going pro, add Newman to list and others. Watch Jaylen Brown deny the report about Adidas & the Cal/Michigan rumor be true as well.

  • @BeddieKU23 Zimmerman knew all along, stringing everyone along. How good will that team be? Didn’t one their big guys declare yesterday? Are they ever on tv?

  • @Crimsonorblue22

    Being from the East Coast the only time I’ve ever seen UNLV on tv was against KU last year.

    UNLV didn’t get better getting Zimmerman when Wood declared yesterday. He had no choice but to go, because they had 4 to 5 front court players. Wood has a lot of potential but could have really shot up the charts with another season. But because a 5 star player came in playing the same position he had to go.

  • Declared for Miss. State.

  • Hey why not make a 13 win team a 15 win team and bail out in 8 to 9 months. Doesn’t help the program

  • Whole lotta drama for nothing. Should’ve just declared when the rumors surfaced. Oh well, I’d rather land an OAD at a position of need (the 5). Hopefully no OADs no matter whom else Bill signs. Diallo come on down for 2!

  • So, the week’s rumors were true. Relocated coach Ben Howland pulls the kid into Newman’s dad’s school.

  • @wrwlumpy

    You beat me to it. I wonder if some of the younger posters are familiar with Seinfeld, a show about…well, nothing; after all, it has been off the air for 17 years although there are reruns all the time,.

  • KU misses on another recruit!

  • @Statmachine Truth is, KU misses on almost all of the recruits they target. As does UNC, Duke, MichSt, etc… The only program that has had astonishing hauls is Kentucky, under John Calipari. But they are beatable too…

  • @Statmachine I’m not sure I saw the connection between the Sasha airball, other than yeah, it was a “KU miss”. I thought a bigger embarrassment at the FT line was Brady Morningstar doing his botched pull-it-back-but-oops-its-already-gone FT attempt on a technical FT (no one but him across halfcourt) at Texas on natl TV…

    Or maybe the MOST embarrassing was for the 2003 Jayhawks as a team to lose the NC to Syracuse from the FT line. Won the game in live action, lost the game on the FT line. Main culprits would be Nick Collison, Keith Langford, etc…

    Sasha Kaun was a limited-skill role player.

  • @ralster

    I seem to remember some one calculating the points KU scored after grabbing the rebounds from the missed free throws at that game and it more than compensated for the missed free throws…just sayin’…

  • Cody Mohs ‏@Schmohs2008 · 20m20 minutes ago
    A source posted on JayhawkSlant that we will have Jaylen Brown and Cheick Diallo by next week! Really hope this is true

  • @Statmachine

    That would make it a monster recruiting class for KU. ESPN’s Biancardi had him down to Michigan and Cal but Brown denied it was the case, but with UCLA in the mix it sounds like he likes the West Coast.

  • @JayHawkFanToo Cody Mohs ‏@Schmohs2008 · 22m22 minutes ago
    @kayjust6012 Definitely! So many rumors out but this person I think was right about TRob & Selby to KU as well. Hoping it comes true!


    As Jerry would say, “NEWMAN”

  • Mark Winkel ‏@mtwinkel · 1m1 minute ago
    College basketball recruiting hot take for you, if Kentucky doesn’t sign Jaylen Brown or Cheick Diallo they will go from 38-0 to the NIT.

  • @Statmachine

    Another NIT for UK means Cal gets drive out of town on a rail…vacated wins and titles to follow.

  • I just posted “ALL OF BBN GETTING DESPERATE LOL” on Diallo’s fb wall.

  • @JayhawkRock78 The check cleared Friday. Welcome to half empty arenas, and the drudgery of playing in the SEC. Just kidding… kind of…LOL.

  • @KUSTEVE stranger

  • @Crimsonorblue22 I have been busier than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest. It is the start of MLB, and we’ve got the NFL draft coming up. That’s like xmas time for fantasy baseball and fantasy football geeks like me. So, help me with something…why hasn’t Diallo said " I choose Kansas" yet?

  • @KUSTEVE you and global w/clever sayings!! We better get him! I’d like Ingram too!

  • Mr NEWMAN: Welcome to Howland Ball, where the forearm is considered to be part of the ball.