Indiana offers 2013 North Carolina point Josh Newkirk

  • 04/21/2011 10:06 am in

The final day of the April contact period brought news of a new scholarship offer as Indiana offered 2013 Word of God (NC) point guard Josh Newkirk.

Jacey Zembal of the North Carolina State Rivals site first reported the offer for Newkirk and Mike Pegram of Peegs.com later confirmed it (premium link). Appalachian State and Arizona have also offered.

The 6-1, 170-pound Newkirk was originally a member of the 2012 class, but has re-classified to 2013. Here’s some recent video from Dave Telep’s Carolina Challenge (Video is a mix, but will start right at Newkirk’s highlights):

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  • Anonymous

    I know it isn’t realistic for Crean to continue to build the team with guys JUST from Indiana, but it’s harder to get excited about 2013 recruits from anywhere else now. This guy, Mark Williams, Donnel, Dorsey-Walker, I’m sure they are all good players, but unless they are ranked as top #30 players after this AAU season, I think I’ll find myself pulling for us to land, Zak Irvin, Darryl Baker, and or VJ Beachum. I will say I think Beejay Anya will be a top 15 player, and it would be huge if we landed him……

  • RobD

    Is this kid really just 6’1”? He dunks an awful lot for a 6’1″ guy.

  • marcusgresham

    I’m all for the guys you listed there, but this is a point guard and none of the others listed are. Yogi is still the only true PG amongst the commitments so far, so if this kid can play I’ll be happy to have him in candy stripes.

  • N71

    Blackman is a point guard. There’s a magic with IU being made up of Indiana kids…it’s as though 1+1=3. Looking outside of Indiana for anything other than top 30 type guys seems counter productive with regards to the health of the program, I clearly get wanting to be competitive. Isn’t there a point guard here? For example, Adonis Filer for Hammond Noll who played against Yogi in the state final. Why didn’t we go after Dee Davis, etc. Maybe I answered my own question, no…there isn’t a point guard here.

  • It’s a mix of different players… I was thought the kid could dunk very well for 6’1″ too – until I re-read the text above the video.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I want Indiana kids more as much as the next guy and more than any other recruits, but this kid is ATHLETIC! I can’t see many PG’s in that class being any more athletic than that and if he can shoot and pass he’s a Brandon Knight type player!

    I can’t see CTC passing on that young man for anyone!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Re-read it again because he does throw down 3 or 4 easy dunks when it’s highlighting him! He even takes off from outside the lane with one hand, brings the ball down to his other hand, and then stuffs it with two hands! So, yeah, the video was of different guys but he still dunks very easily for a 6’1″ PG!

  • Diesel

    Has PJ Thompson been offered? He’s a true PG in 2014 from Indiana. I’d take him.

  • No.

  • He elevates nothing like the guy following him though. He still looks plenty athletic and he has nice moves with the ball. I’m just saying that I thought the second guy featured was him for a minute, and was VERY impressed with his leaping. I’m only moderately impressed now.

  • Anonymous

    If they can play, sign them up. Plenty of great Hoosier originally from other states, both old school (Walt Bellamy, Quinn Buckner, Scott May, Isiah Thomas) and more recent (AJ Guyton, Kirk Haston, DJ White).

    I remember seeing that only once since 1997 has the “team MVP” been in-state only. Most have been non-native Hoosier, but there have been a couple co-MVPs originally from Indiana.

  • Anonymous

    I was comparing our 2003-4 squad that went 14-15 with a roster of Bracey Wright, AJ Moye, George Leach, Marshal Strickland, Ryan Tapak, Mike White, Donald Perry, and Patrick Ewing Jr, and thought this year’s team is probably more talented and has more depth, probably even more than the 04-05 that added freshman DJ White and Robert Vaden. I didn’t get to watch many of the games those two seasons (it was my first two away at college in Miami), I guess I never realized we were that bad so recently, but it gives me hope we can turn it around this year. By DJ’s junior year, 06-07 we went 21-11 with a close loss to final 4 team UCLA in the 2nd round of the NCAA’s. That team started several games with Erick Suhr and Mike White, with Ben Allen and Lance Stemler seeing significant minutes.

    This year’s Juniors have played the minutes of most Seniors by now, played in plenty of close games, and now have a presence in the low post. The Big Ten loses a ton of talent across the board, there is no reason we can not finish at LEAST in the middle of the conference this year!

  • marcusgresham

    Yeah, I wasn’t considering Blackmon there because I was responding to the ’11-’13 guys.
    As far as Davis, if you were to team him with Yogi that’s two guys under 6’0″. I think you’d like at least one of your PGs to have a bit more size.

  • marcusgresham

    George Leach and AJ Moye—could those two names be any more different? If George Leach would have gotten the productivity out of his his physical ability that Moye got out of his he’d be one of the best players ever. I just couldn’t figure it out, how Leach could be that big and that athletic, yet so mediocre. Moye on the other hand, was at least 6 inches too small to be doing the things he did.

  • Anonymous

    We need a backup PG to Yogi in ’13-’14 badly. If you look at some of the more fringe guys we are interested in, PGs are few and far between. This guy seems to be a similar player to Yogi too, which means the offense wouldn’t have to change too much when Yogi is getting a breather. I really like his athleticism.

  • Anonymous

    I believe that Blackmon will play more 2-guard at IU than PG, especially while Yogi is on the floor. I think in ’14, we might see a backcourt of Yogi at the 1 with Blackmon at the 2 occasionally.

    Blackmon is too good to sit behind Yogi, and Yogi is too good to sit, period. I think they both play together, and Yogi is the 1. That would mean we still need a backup PG.

  • Anonymous

    Like everyone here, we all love keeping the in-state players, but I think we all should realize that we are currently in a sorta “golden era” with in-state talent. It won’t always be like this.

    CTC still needs to show a presence in other states, because when the talent wanes in Indiana for a couple years, we will want to already have shown we are willing to recruit out of state too.

  • Anonymous

    You are absolutely right there. I think CTC has done a great job building relationships at the basketball high schools around the country, like DeMatha, St Patricks, IMG Academy, and has at least laid some foundation in the Chicago area.

    I don’t know if there will ever be necessarily “lean” years in a state like Indiana, but to compete for national championships you usually need one superstar to play with all your stars, and I think this is where we will need to leave the state some years to be succesful. The Greg Oden and Mike Conelly’s don’t come out of Indiana ever year……..

  • Anonymous

    I know, when I saw Leach as a freshman in an exhibition (I think maybe Athletes in Action called by Laskowski and Kitchel on Leerfield Sports) I was convinced he’d be the next Patrick Ewing……not quite…….Who would you say was the bigger disappointment at center, Leach or Jason Collier, I thought he was going to be our Eric Montross…….again not quite THE ALL NOT INDIANA 1st TEAM PG Neil Reed SG Luke Recker SF Lawrence Funderburke PF Patrick Ewing Jr C Jason Collier

  • Kelin Blab

    I really like what I saw. Very efficient getting to the basket, good size, seems to be able to play either guard position….could go the BJ Young route…blow up late, glad we offered. We need another PG…to me Blackmon is not a PG

  • fundamentals_man

    This Board is overly ripe with pure speculation.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I don’t think Yogi will be an early entry guy because of his size. You don’t see too many 5’11” early NBA entries.

  • The_Hall_Monitor

    filer is 2012 now

  • Anonymous

    Tend to agree with Aceman, but maybe that is wishful thinking?

  • MillaRed

    Check out the tweet by Trey Lyles tonight.

    @TreyMambaLyles

    Gotta love it!

  • Anonymous

    From what I’ve seen and heard I don’t know that I’d compare Trey Lyles to Tim Duncan. Duncan is a prototypical–and maybe the last prototypical–post player. From what I’ve heard and read, Lyles is more likely to be found anywhere on the court–I’m thinking more along the lines of Dirk Nowitzki (but I’d take a second coming of Duncan or Nowitzki.)

  • Anonymous

    Don’t forget Robert Vaden & Ricky Calloway on that list (and maybe Marty Simmons.)
    I’d say Leach was a bigger disappointment because Collier was successful, just not at IU. He made it to the NBA. Leach may have too, but he had to buy a ticket if he did.

  • N71

    I’ve seen Lyles play a couple of times and Duncan is what comes to mind. I’m not saying he’s that good of course, but plays a similar style of game. Not overly athletic but big, mobile, and can handle the ball well. Good shooter out to 15 feet, can pass really well, and is a respectable defender. He looks young like Devin Davis so I’d guess they will both grow. With another inch or two and then muscle, holy snikees. He already gets the attention Cody gets where he’s getting double and triple teamed so once in college, like in AAU, he will dominate.

  • marcusgresham

    “Holy snikees”—-looks like somebody’s watched some Tommy Boy!

  • marcusgresham

    I’m not on Twitter—what did he say?

  • IUJeff

    Looks like the 2012 kids and Trey are after Jaquan hard. Just jawing back and fourth about if Jaquan commits, how the 2014 class could be better than the 2012. Good to see all the talk about the movement, the next banners, hoosier nation following the IU kids on Twitter etc..

    These kids want to play together and know they can be a part of something special. Gonna be excitement in Bloomington soon!

    http://twitter.com/#!/search/jaquan%20lyle

  • IUJeff

    Looks like the 2012 kids and Trey are after Jaquan hard. Just jawing back and fourth about if Jaquan commits, how the 2014 class could be better than the 2012. Good to see all the talk about the movement, the next banners, hoosier nation following the IU kids on Twitter etc..

    These kids want to play together and know they can be a part of something special. Gonna be excitement in Bloomington soon!

    http://twitter.com/#!/search/jaquan%20lyle

  • I think CWat has a shot (if he gets stronger and plays the 4 more) and Mo (remember that freshman season). Mo has to be hungry to get out there and if he hits the 3 consistently, has all the tools. I also like Patterson – he has the motor that will enable him to get better. Tyler will get to the NBA and Cody has a shot at eclipsing him…I do not see any NBA stars here – unless blackmon and Lyles develop but they are pretty young still….

  • agree. The Indiana kids have good skills because Indiana loves basketball and they are coached up and play competitively. Talent howvever, is not limited to Indiana. Why limit your options? I feel that IU should be in the lead in Chi town….

  • Anonymous

    That is cool! If Lyle and Bluiett commit to the ’14 class, I think it will be better than the ’12 class (unless Harris adds his name to the ’12 class). Hard to imagine how good this team could be once those two classes are here at the same time.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Here’s to hoping wishful is also wise!

  • jaywiz

    To continue with your remarks. It doesn’t hurt to recruit out of state a bit. I love me some homegrown talent, but DJ White basically talked Watford into coming to IU. Who is our best player right now? I am all for starting a few pipelines, but like many have said, they have to be worth it to leave the state.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Hollowell is a surefire NBA star man! He’s going to end up being like 6’7″ 235-240 pounds and he is a WAY better athlete than people think from the highlight clips floating around right now!