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>>Kansas Picks Up Former Five-Star Recruit

 

Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman has committed to Kansas, a source told CBS Sports on Friday morning.

The development was first reported by ESPN.

 

Newman must sit out next season per NCAA rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2017-18 season.

 

As a freshman, Newman averaged 11.3 points last year for the Bulldogs, but the guard was never healthy after suffering a toe injury in the preseason.

 

Newman was the No. 8 player in the class of 2015 according to the 247Sports composite rankings and was one of the first notable recruits signed by MSU coach Ben Howland after he was hired last year.

 

>>Oregon G Ennis Receives Fifth Year of Eligibility

 

Oregon got a good dose of good news late Thursday: Dylan Ennis has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. Players don't always get rewarded with a sixth year, but Ennis -- who suffered a left foot injury early last season -- will be allowed to suit up for Dana Altman in 2016-17.

Per Oregon: "Officially termed a Fifth-Year Rule Waiver, Ennis was granted a sixth year 'based upon the totality of the circumstances and student-athlete well-being."

 

It's the right call by the NCAA. Ennis played just two games for Oregon last year. Given he's in good academic standing, this is the proper decision.

 

Ennis began his career at Rice, then transferred after one year to Villanova. His time at Oregon has been as a graduate student/transfer. In his junior season he posted averages of 9.9 points, 3.7 rebound sand 3.5 assists. He's a strong combo guard, and Oregon will certainly see him on the floor plenty next season.


The Ducks will have a terrific backcourt, now that Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey (both could be 2017 draft picks) are returning to school.

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