Displaying top-notch speed and quickness, Josh Newkirk will be relied upon as a key performer upon entering the 2014-15 season. As a spark off the bench in all 36 games last year as a freshman, Newkirk showed improvement with each game. Over the season's last 10 games, Newkirk doubled his numbers in virtually every statistic. He also proved his offensive prowess with a 20-point, 5-5 3-point performance against North Carolina State late in the season. Newkirk has proven to be a quick, strong and athletic player who is explosive going to the rim and possesses the ability to beat his defender off the dribble and get to the basket. Quick and athletic, Newkirk's strengths include his ability to beat his man off the dribble and finish above the rim, his great feel for the game and easy transition from a playmaker to a scorer. He can play both guard positions with ease, owns a presence at his position and has the headstrong game that coaches want out of a playmaker. Newkirk uses his quickness to get into the lane at will with a tremendous crossover dribble. His ball handling and passing are solid, he doesn't try to force things and he can hit the open jumper off the catch or dribble with range to the arc. He is also a good defender who plays with energy, pressures the ball and anticipates in the passing lanes. Newkirk was considered by many to be the top point guard in North Carolina in the Class of 2013.
Named to the All-ACC Academic Team...ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient...Played in all 36 games off the bench at point or off guard...Registered one 20-point game (NC State) and reached double figure scoring in five contests on year...Over the season's last 10 games, averaged 6.4 points in 19.5 minutes played per game...Averaged 16.7 minutes per game in ACC play...Scored eight points (3-6 FG), hit 2-3 3-pointers in 24 minutes of NCAA Tournament game vs. Florida, 3/22...Tied school record for most consecutive 3-pointers made with seven from March 1-March 8 (2 at Notre Dame, 5 vs. NC State, at Clemson)...Scored 10 points (4-6 FG) with five assists in 24 minutes vs. Wake Forest, 3/13...Hit game-tying jumper at the buzzer to send the game into overtime, finished with four points and a career-high three steals in 20 minutes at Clemson, 3/8...Scored a career-high 20 points (7-8 FG), converted a perfect 5-5 from 3-point range in a career-high 34 minutes played vs. NC State, 3/3. His 5-5 3-point day ranked among the school's top-8 3-point shooting performances...Finished with eight points (3-4 FG), hit 2-2 3-pointers and dished out two assists in 20 minutes at Notre Dame, 3/1...Played 22 productive minutes, scored three points, grabbed two rebounds and dished out three assists at Boston College, 2/26...Scored a career-high tying 11 points (3-7 FG), hit a 3-pointer and a career-high 4-5 free throws in a career-high 27 minutes vs. Virginia Tech, 2/8...Scored 10 points, hit 4-4 field goals (2-2 3FG) with three assists vs. Clemson, 1/21...Finished with eight points (3-4 FG, 2-2 3FG) with two assists in 18 minutes played vs. Maryland, 1/6...Played 14 minutes, hit a 3-pointer and scored five points in his hometown of Raleigh at NC State, 1/4...Scored nine points (4-6 FG) in 19 minutes vs. Youngstown State, 12/14...Registered a career-high seven assists vs. Loyola Marymount, 12/6...Played a career-high 25 minutes, finished with five points and three rebounds vs. Penn State, 12/3...Scored career-high 11 points (4-6 FG), hit a then career-high 3-3 3-point field goals in season opener and debut game vs. Savannah State, 11/8.
A 2013 graduate of Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C. where he played for head coach Quentin Jackson...Led Word of God Academy to a NCISAA Class 1A state championship and a 25-2 overall record as a senior...WOG won the state title with a 75-68 win over Fayetteville Trinity Christian...Scored 15 points and led WOG to a 68-53 win over Fayetteville Northwood Temple Academy to advance to the state title game...Led WOG to the Raleigh Holiday Invitational title with an 11-point, 10-assist performance in a 58-53 championship game win over New Hampton Prep (N.H.)...Led the Holy Rams with a 15.2 points per game average as a junior...Guided the Rams to a 20-9 overall record as a junior in 2011-12...Finished with 36 points vs. Village Christian Academy...Scored 25 points and hit game-winning layup with seven seconds left to help Word of God defeat Christian Faith Academy, 77-75...Named a preseason Fourth Team All-State player by ESPNHS in November, 2011...Helped guide Word of God to a 23-3 overall record as a sophomore in 2010-11...Played his freshman year at Southeast Raleigh...Plays for D-One Sports AAU Team...Ranked as the nation's No. 70 recruit and the No. 21 point guard by Scout.com...Ranked the nation's No. 119 recruit, the No. 27 shooting guard and a Three-Star recruit by Rivals.com...Rated the No. 124 player nationally by Hoopniks.com...Rated a three-star recruit and eighth best player in North Carolina by ESPNU...Played in the Dave Telep Carolina Challenge in 2011.
Born Joshua Newkirk on April 17, 1994...Son of Reggie and Tela Newkirk...Committed to Pitt on September 19, 2012 on his twitter page, tweeting "Officially committed to Pitt. Glad to be a part of the family. Hail to Pitt!"...First-ever men's basketball player to commit to Pitt on twitter...Also the first player to commit to Pitt from the Atlantic Coast Conference region...Before every game, claims to watch the Sebastian Telfair documentary, "Through the Fire," because he says it "fires him up"...Attended the same high school and played in the same AAU program (D-One Sports) as NBA player John Wall and collegians C.J. Leslie and Quincy Miller...Selected Pitt over Georgia Tech, Memphis, Missouri, Arizona, Indiana, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State and Tennessee...Enrolled in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences.
Points: 20, North Carolina State, 3/3/14. FG made: 7, North Carolina State, 3/3/14. FG attempts: 5, North Carolina State, 3/3/14. 3FG Made: 5, North Carolina State, 3/3/14. 3FG attempts: 5, North Carolina State, 3/3/14. FT made: 5, vs. North Carolina, 3/14/14. FT attempts: 10, vs. North Carolina, 3/14/14. Rebounds: 3, five times- Virginia Tech, 2/8/14; Albany, 12/31/13; Penn State, 12/3/13; vs. Duquesne, 11/30/13; Lehigh, 11/20/13. Offensive Rebounds.: 1, six times. Defensive Rebounds.: 3, four times- Virginia Tech, 2/8/14; Penn State, 12/3/13; vs. Duquesne, 11/30/13; Lehigh, 11/20/13. Assists: 7, Loyola Marymount, 12/6/13. Steals: 3, at Clemson, 3/8/14. Blocks: 1, Youngstown State, 12/14/13. Minutes: 34, North Carolina State, 3/3/14.