Malik Newman, #14
- Year Sophomore
- Pos Guard
- H/W 6-3/190
Malik Newman, a transfer from Mississippi State, will practice with the Jayhawks in 2016-17 but can’t play in games until 2017-18.
The idea of practicing every day but not being able to play for a full season does not depress him, however.
“I think it’ll be great. I think it’ll be some high-level, competitive practices. I think it’ll get me better and I can help those guys get better each and every day,” said Newman, a 6-foot-3 sophomore combo guard.
“I think all of us will benefit. I think I will benefit the most. I get a full year to learn the system and learn how he (coach Bill Self) likes things done and what he expects,” added Newman, who also gets to work on adding muscle to his 190-pound frame.
He’ll be a frequent visitor to the weight room.
“It (lifting) is important because playing at Kansas, any time you come on the court you get everyone’s A-game,” said Newman. He averaged 11.3 points a game off 39.1 percent shooting in his one season at Mississippi State after leading Callaway High in Jackson, Miss., to an unprecedented four straight state titles.
“There will be some games where I get beat up. I know I need to work on my body. That’s always something I preach, how big and strong I am, how fast. Those things are important that I work on them.”