Indiana adds Pittsburgh transfer Josh Newkirk

  • 08/23/2015 12:18 pm in

Indiana has filled its final scholarship for the 2015-2016 season.

As first reported by CBS Sports, former Pittsburgh guard Josh Newkirk, who is currently rehabbing from knee surgery, is joining the program. He will sit out this season due to transfer rules.

A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Newkirk averaged 5.9 points, 2.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game last season for Pitt. Newkirk will have two years of eligibility remaining.

The 6-foot-1, 185 pound point guard underwent microfracture surgery on May 6. Pittsburgh announced his transfer earlier this month.

“Josh is looking to get closer to home while he recovers from knee surgery and we are in full support of his decision,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said in a release. “He has been an excellent student and strong representative of the University of Pittsburgh. We wish him the best of luck in his rehab and recovery.”

Newkirk appeared in all 34 games last season for Pitt and made four starts. He had an offer from Indiana in high school and was ranked No. 129 in the final Rivals rankings for the class of 2013.

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  • Bill Graham

    What the heck is CTC thinking? Seriously, I was outraged when he signed three mcdonalds big men. Ridiculous….psh plus guys like Sheehey, Victor, and Yogi….psh like they are any good. And seriously Collin Hartman…psh we should have got somebody higher ranked. b/c at the end of the day the team with the highest ranked recruits wins…just like Kentucky vs Wisconsin last year….oh wait…

  • Ole Man

    Bob, at this point and time we can only hope that they add value. I for one no longer trust Crean with his “stretches”.

  • blueliner_7

    No you can not. In light of my sarcastic remark, I simply think that it is time for Tom Crean or someone in charge to explain to these guys what is expected of them in return for the opportunity to play on the IU basketball team as well as receive a free education at IU. Up until this point in time, I fail to believe that they are getting the message loud and clear.

  • SilentBob

    I understand, and to an extent I agree. But let’s be honest Crean has had difficulty from stretches and non stretches a like. I believe Crean has had a good success rate with his stretches, the problem is he goes after so many. I think developing a role player, who is accepting of being a role player, to be good. The problems is when ya have too many role players and not enough heavy rotation players. Now if we get in to March and we have 3 stretches and two studs signed will I be a bit peeved? Absolutely. However I don’t think Newkirk is a stretch. I think he has a whole other level he has yet to reach. Possibly because of Pitt, and some to do with trying to play through injury last year. I like veterans, especially in the backcourt.

  • Ole Man

    Rule # 1: you must bow down to Indiana’s fans. Expect some of them to be sanctimonious to the nth degree with a “holier than thou” attitude.
    Now, if you fit that description, blueliner, by all means, please fill free to take offense.