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Former KU guard Newman chooses representation; poll keeps Jayhawks at No. 1

Former Kansas guard Malik Newman has picked an agency to represent him ahead of the 2018 NBA Draft.
Former Kansas guard Malik Newman has picked an agency to represent him ahead of the 2018 NBA Draft.

Former Kansas basketball guard Malik Newman has chosen Independent Sports and Entertainment (ISE) as his representation, Newman’s dad, Horatio Webster, revealed on Monday night.

ISE, according to its website, represents 300 individuals in the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball.

Some other ISE clients: Jose Abreu, Andrew Bogut, Reggie Bullock, Demarcus Cousins, Gerald Green, Justin Verlander and many others. The company has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Indianapolis.

Newman, a 6-foot-3 sophomore from Jackson, Miss., averaged 14.2 points (on 46.3 percent shooting; 41.5 percent from three), 5.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game last season for the Jayhawks (31-8), who won Big 12 regular-season and postseason tournament titles and reached the Final Four. He recently announced plans to enter the 2018 NBA Draft with plans to sign with an agent.

Last week, KU seniors Devonté Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk contracted with CAA (Creative Arts Agency) and SIG (Sports International Group) respectively.

KU remains atop ESPN poll

ESPN.com has kept Kansas atop its 2018-19 preseason basketball rankings despite the Jayhawks losing Newman and Lagerald Vick to the 2018 NBA Draft. KU also could lose Udoka Azubuike, who has put his name in the 2018 Draft but has no plans to sign with an agent.

“Yes, Kansas is still No. 1. That has not changed,” ESPN.com’s Myron Medcalf wrote Monday, tweaking his preseason Top 25, which debuted on April 2.

“A quick examination would suggest a demotion from the No. 1 slot,” added Medcalf, pointing out KU also lost guards Devonté Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk to graduation. “Let’s see what Azubuike decides to do before making that determination. … Add five-star studs Devon Dotson and Quentin Grimes, along with Cal transfer Charlie Moore (12.2 ppg, 1.1 steals per game in 2016-17 at Cal) and you have one of the top backcourts in the country.

“Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson could earn preseason Big 12 Player of the Year honors after averaging 19.2 ppg and 9.9 rpg in 2016-17 (at Memphis). His brother K.J. Lawson, who also transferred from Memphis, is no joke, either.

“Five-star prospect Romeo Langford will probably pick Indiana or Vanderbilt over Kansas, but that won't change KU's status as a solid national title contender entering the 2018-19 campaign,” Medcalf added.

ESPN’s top 10 consists of KU, Villanova (which plays Dec. 15 at KU), Duke, Kentucky, Gonzaga, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Nevada and Michigan State (which plays KU on Nov. 6 in Indianapolis). Kansas State, by the way, moved up seven slots from 19 to 12 in ESPN.com’s latest poll. The Big 12 is also represented by West Virginia at 13th and TCU at 23rd.

KU offers center from New York

Kofi Cockburn, a 6-foot-10, 300-pound junior center from Christ the King High in Queens, N.Y., was offered a scholarship from Kansas following his impressive AAU season-opening performance at the Nike EYBL event last weekend in Dallas, Zagsblog.com reported Monday.

Cockburn averaged 13.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game in three games for New York’s Renaissance Hoops.

Cockburn, who is ranked No 31 in the recruiting class of 2019 by Rivals.com, is also being recruited by Tennessee, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Cincinnati, St. John’s, Indiana, South Carolina, Georgetown and others. Some have called UConn the leader.

“He's almost like the Shaq of high school basketball,” reads ESPN.com’s unnamed scouting report on Cockburn. “Big, powerful, and a sheer force around the rim. He has more game left to discover though as he polishes a post arsenal, develops his face-up fundamentals, utilizes his physical tools to become more of a shot-blocker and continues to learn the game on both ends.”

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