Malik Newman expected to make this announcement all along, I just don’t think he expected a transfer and Kansas jersey to play the part.

The Jayhawks guard is turning pro following a solid postseason where he earned two most outstanding player honors and averaged over 22 points per game.
“Malik has done everything that we had agreed to,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said. “He came to Kansas and knew after a redshirt year he would hopefully put himself into a position to be a professional basketball player after one year competing. He had a terrific season this year and was one of the best players in the NCAA tournament. I think this is good timing for Malik. We wish nothing but the best for him and appreciate all his efforts. We all know his best basketball is still ahead of him.”

“First off I want to thank God for the opportunity,” Newman said. “I want to thank Coach Self and the coaching staff for giving me this opportunity to come to Kansas. I definitely want to thank my teammates. The journey with these guys has been nothing short of amazing. My two years here was everything that I asked for. My redshirt year, I had a chance to develop and Coach Self took me under his wing and really prepared me. This year I had a chance to come out and play and this was the plan, to try to put myself in position to chase my dream. I sat down and talked with Coach Self and my family and this is the best time to do it. With that being said, I’ll forego my junior year at Kansas and I will put my name in the NBA Draft and plan on signing with an agent.”

“I cannot thank the Kansas fans enough,” Newman added. “They have been there since day one and have supported me throughout my two years at Kansas. I’ll always be a Jayhawk and this will always be home for me.”
Newman transferred to Kansas following the 2015-16 season, after being a McDonald’s All-American and Mississippi State commit.

Standing only 6-foot-4 and being a natural shooting guard, Newman will have to prove to scouts that he can be a natural bench scorer in the NBA.



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