Ja’Quan Newton Draws Plenty of Interest
JaQuan Newton is high priority for several teams
JaQuan Newton is high priority for several teams

Posted Jul 8, 2013

Ja’Quan Newton, a 6-foot-2, 173-pound point guard from Philadelphia (PA) Neumann-Goretti, got Gopher fans excited recently with talk that he and fellow 2014 guard Isaiah Whitehead could be headed to Minnesota. Newton played in the Twin Cities at the EYBL event over Memorial Day.

Ja’Quan Newton has shined this spring. He was named to the NBA Top 100 camp ten-man All-Star team as he helped lead the Celtics to the title. Newton was a teammate of Minneapolis DeLaSalle’s Reid Travis. He had 32 points in the championship game.

Newton helped lead Team Final to an 11-7 mark as they will play in the Peach Jam in Augusta, South Carolina July 10-14. He is averaging 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Newton is shooting 41.6% from the field, 27.8% from three-point range and 63.1% from the line.

Neumann-Goretti was upset by Donegal 55-50 in the state quarterfinals, stopping them from winning a fourth straight Class AAA state championship. The Saints are a Pennsylvania power that has produced Syracuse stars Scoop Jardine and Dion Waiters and La Salle players Earl Pettis and Tyreek Duren. Newton averaged 18 points per game as a junior for the Catholic League champions.

Newton has offers from Cincinnati, Georgetown, Miami, Minnesota, Rutgers, St. Joseph’s, SMU, Syracuse, Temple, USC, Villanova and Xavier.

Newton continued his strong play at the Nike Peach Jam as he had 12 points and six assists in a 68-67 win over NY Lightning, 13 points and five assists in a 69-68 loss to Spiece Indy Heat Thursday. He shined Friday morning as he made 8 of 13 shots from the field and 13 of 17 free throws to finish with 30 points, three assists and six rebounds in a 94-76 win over the St. Louis Eagles.

College Basketball News recently caught up with Newton’s AAU coach Derrick Bobitt to learn more about his standout guard.

College Basketball News: What do you see as his strengths as a player?

Derrick Bobbitt: He is great at getting in the lane and creating scoring opportunities for himself and others. That is his biggest strength. He has an array of shots once he gets into the lane. It is hard to get the ball from him when the floor is open. It can put a lot of pressure on a defense.

College Basketball News: What are things that he needs to continue to improve to play at the next level?

Derrick Bobbitt: His jump shot is improving, it appears every week. Every week I see, he is shooting the ball a lot better, which was a big knock on him before. He is actually shooting the ball a lot better.

College Basketball News: What are his plans with you during the month of July?

Derrick Bobbitt: We, of course, have the Peach Jam coming up. We’ll be at the DC Gold, the Team Takeover’s event and lastly, we’ll be down in Orlando for the Super Showcase.

College Basketball News: Who about your dealing with Ja’Quan just as a kid one-on-one?

Derrick Bobbitt: He is a great kid. Great personality. Pleasure to be around. Really funny. Loves basketball. Some guys at that stage like basketball a lot. You can tell that Ja’Quan actually loves basketball and he loves the big stage. That is one thing that is good about him. He is a great kid. A great kid overall.

College Basketball News: You also have his high school teammate Tony Toplyn (who is averaging 4.0 points and 2.7 rebounds). Do you think that helps having two kids playing together in AAU ball who plays high school basketball with each other and having some chemistry already?

Derrick Bobbitt: I think that it is great for those guys and great in terms of the high school thing, but I think that they would be fine if they didn’t play together.

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