4* wing John Newman gives his thoughts on his play this Spring and where he stands with his recruitment. Hit the jump to find out where Newman has scheduled official visits and a decision timeline.
A highly skilled wing that scores at all three levels, Newman has been very productive in multiple facets of the game on the EYBL circuit this Spring.
“I feel like I’ve played pretty well. I’ve just done a lot of different things to help my team win, I think it goes unnoticed at times because I’m not scoring a bunch so people don’t realize what I’m doing but that’s okay with me.”
Having viewed John live on multiple occasions this Spring, he is one of the most versatile prospects available in the 2018 class. Newman can play the 2, 3 and 4 spots and be equally effective. With an above average handle and change of direction, he can create his own shot off the bounce and finish at the rim. John can also punish smaller defenders in the paint with a lethal turnaround jumper from the elbows. Also a plus athlete, Newman thrives in transition as the primary handler or a finisher.
“I think my versatility is the strongest part of my game. I have the ability to do a lot of different things on the offensive and defensive end so I think that is one of my strengths. But the thing I’m most known for is my mid-range game.”
Clemson, Providence, UNC-Charlotte, Boston College, James Madison, Old Dominion, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Cincinnati have all extended official offers while Butler, N.C. State, Georgetown and Pittsburgh are all showing interest per John.
Newman has 2 official visits confirmed and will take an unofficial visit to an ACC powerhouse this week.
“I’m taking an unofficial visit to Virginia on June 13th just before the NBPA top 100 camp. I’m going on official visits to Clemson on June 20th and Providence on June 30th.”
John doesn’t have a leader at this point, but he is closing in on a decision before the summer is over.
“I will be committed by August,” Newman told Endless Motor.
In the meantime the top 100 wing is focused on doing what he can to help Team CP3 finish strong on the EYBL circuit.
“I just want to win Peach Jam and get buckets,” said John.
We really like Newman as a multi-faceted wing that can fit in nearly any system with his ability to score, pass and rebound. He reminds us a bit of former OSU wing Jae’Sean Tate, but Newman’s shot is much further along at the same stage. Newman will be a quality pick-up wherever he lands, as he has a college ready frame right now and tons of potential in his skillset.