Josh Newkirk is a quick, strong and athletic player who is explosive going to the rim. Considered by many to be the top point guard in North Carolina in the Class of 2013, he possesses the ability to beat his defender off the dribble and get to the basket and can play both guard positions. 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 easily transitions from a playmaker to a scorer. He owns a presence at his position and has a 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. Once he limits his turnovers and consistently knocks down jump shots, he can be a tough player to guard.
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"...Wears jersey No. 1...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.