Nov. 17, 2012
Guard, 6-1, 175, Raleigh, N.C./Word of God Christian Academy
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.
Enters his senior season at Word of God Academy in Raleigh, N.C. where he plays for head coach Quentin Jackson...His team returns four of five starters in 2012-13...Led the Holy Rams with a 15.2 points per game average as a junior...Guided Word of God to a 18-6 overall record as a junior in 2011-12...Finished with 36 points vs. Village Christian Academy...Scored 25 points, 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 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 John 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 in the Atlantic Coast Conference region...Wears jersey No. 1...Attends the same high school and plays 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.