Callaway High School shooting guard Malik Newman signed with Mississippi State University Friday, April 24. Newman is the No. 1 guard in the nation for the 2015 recruiting class.
Former Lanier High School star Monta Ellis has shined in the postseason for the Dallas Mavericks. Ellis averaged 26.3 points per game on a 48.2 shooting percentage through four games and scored a postseason career-high of 34 points in game three.
NFL veteran Tommy Kelly has returned to his alma mater Provine High School to coach the defensive line. Kelly starred at Provine and Mississippi State before a 10-year NFL career.
The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 30, and runs through Saturday, May 2. Mississippi natives Senquez Golson (Ole Miss) and Bernardrick McKinney (Mississippi State) are slated to go in the early rounds.
The Mississippi Braves host a 15-game homestand at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl, 601-932-8788) Thursday, April 30, through Friday, May 15.
Jackson Preparatory School baseball will host the second annual Team Tait Home Run Derby on Wednesday, May 6. The entry fee of $25 includes a T-shirt and food.
The Mississippi High School Golf Championships tee off Monday, May 4. St. Andrews Episcopal School (370 Old Agency Road, Ridgeland) will host the class 3A championships May 6-7 at Lake Caroline Golf Club (118 Caroline Club Circle, Madison, 601-853-4023).
Jon Wiener is the host and producer of "Home Cookin'" on ESPN 105.9 FM The Zone. He has a bachelor's degree in English and master's degree in broadcast journalism.
Sports Follows of the Week
by Jon Wiener, @ESPNHomeCookin
@quez_G: A lifetime dream realized! Ole Miss star and Pascagoula native Senquez Golson will be one of the first corners off the board in the NFL Draft.
@miketriplett: ESPN.com Saints reporter Mike Triplett will have exhaustive coverage of the Who Dats' selections in the NFL Draft.
@floydmayweather: The highest-paid man in professional sports takes the ring for the biggest boxing match in years against Manny Pacquiao. Love him or hate him, Money Mayweather is must-see TV.
@thegolfshow1059: Follow Jackson's newest local sports radio show, "The Golf Show," that airs 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays, on ESPN 105.9 FM. The show has fun golf talk, games and guests, and big-time giveaways.
Sports Fact of the Week
Another name for an archer is a toxophilite.