Kansas Basketball Recruiting: Malik Newman To Visit, Jayhawks Pursuing 5-Star SF

The Kansas Jayhawks have been busy on the recruiting trail since the season ended, and their efforts appear to be paying off in a big way. Here are all the latest KU recruiting news and rumors:

Malik Newman to visit Jayhawks
I wrote that Kansas was the favorite to land Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman, and that certainly seems to be the way things are going. According to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein, Newman will visit KU this week:

The Jayhawks were a finalist to land Newman, a top 10 overall recruit in the 2015 class, last year before he ultimately signed with the Bulldogs. However, he developed and maintained a relationship with KU head coach Bill Self, which has set the Jayhawks up nicely this summer.

Newman averaged 11.3 points per game as a freshman at Mississippi State. He will have to sit out the 2016-17 season per transfer rules.

Kansas showing interest in top 2019 prospect
Small forward D.J. Jeffries, one of the top overall prospects in the 2019 class, is starting to get a lot of interest from the Jayhawks, according to 247sports. Jerry Meyer, the company's director of basketball scouting, compared Jeffries to a young Paul Pierce:

A five-star talent, Jeffries has a natural ease to his scoring that made me think of Paul Pierce as I watched him at last weekend's Under Armour event. Jeffries also has a nose for the ball and is a strong rebounder and quality all around player.

The 6'7", 185-pounder already has offers from Iowa State and Texas A&M, while Kentucky and North Carolina have also ramped up their pursuit of him.

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