Kansas Jayhawks sophomore guard Malik Newman has been named as the Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year, the conference announced on Thursday.
A former 5-star prospect, Newman initially sided with Mississippi State out of high school as the nation’s No. 8 overall recruit. The home-grown product went on to average 11.3 points and started 22 of 29 games as a freshman for the Bulldogs before electing to transfer to Kansas ahead of his sophomore campaign.
Now a Jayhawk, Newman becomes the third Kansas player to be named a Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year, joining Mario Little in 2008-09 and more recently, Tarik Black in 2013-14.
Playing alongside Big 12 Preseason Player of the Yeah, Devonte’ Graham, Newman will step into a significant role for the Jayhawks following the departure of the 2016-17 Naismith College Player of the Year, Frank Mason III.
The sophomore still has three years of eligibility remaining.
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