I am applying for a program and I know that there is a new professor in the department. He is a tenured faculty and had been for many years at another university before he moves to his new position.
I like his work and had been following his publications for a while, and he just moved to this department. I was wondering if it's a common practice for the departments (in the US) to avoid assigning new students to new faculty or anything that would make the admission committee wary of admitting an applicant that wants to work with them. Is there any risk in mentioning a faculty so new to the department as a person of interest in my PhD application statement? On the other hand, is there any possible upside to that?