PSAC Letters of Intent web page as a Gannon basketball signee, but I'm assuming he's going to join the Knights this year after two seasons at Division I Eastern Kentucky. If he isn't, he'd better change his Twitter account description which currently reads "Transferred to Gannon University. #GUnation."
I'm excited about Newby suiting up for the Knights. First, my ears perk up any time a DI transfer is added to the roster. Then there's this jaw-dropping seven-minute highlight video of Newby in action at EKU. Video highlights can be misleading
(e.g. they don't show the kid committing 12 turnovers), but these
highlights of Newby show he has a flair for the game plus he can get to the rim -- and above it. I don't want to prematurely anoint him the next Javar Cheatham, but Newby does show flashes of brilliance that could make him a top point guard in the region.
Here's the rest of the story on Newby:
* Every site I researched listed at 6-foot-2, but they varied his weight from 180-190 pounds.
* As a sophomore at EKU, he played in 30 games, starting none, while averaging 11.9 minutes of playing time. Averaged only 1.7 ppg, shooting just 30.6% from the field (19-of-62), 27.3% on three-pointers (3-for-11), and 50% on free throws (10-of-20). Recorded 43 assists and just 17 turnovers. Collected 42 rebounds (1.3 avg), 11 steals, and 5 blocked shots. The Colonels finished the year 16-16 overall, 7-9 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
* Posted similar stats his freshman year: 22 games, 1 start, 11.8 minutes per game, 2.1 points, 1.3 rebounds, 31 assists, 24 turnovers, 34% on FG, 8% on 3FG (1-for-12), and 10-for-15 on free throws. EKU was 15-16, 9-9 in the OVC.
* The highlight from Newby's freshman year was becoming the first EKU player in half a decade to record
double-figure assists in a game with 10 at Southern Conference member Georgia
Southern. He also scored 8 points that game.
* His biggest game as a sophomore was 7 points and 4 assists vs. NAIA Brescia, John Reilly's former school. Had an active season finale vs. Southeast Missouri. In just 11 minutes registered 3 points, 5 assists, and 4 fouls.
* Here's Newby's bio from the EKU website prior to last season. I'll highlight the important details below.
* Moved to West Virginia from his native Toronto to play his final two years of high school basketball at Mountain State Academy.
* Averaged 10 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals a game as a senior for the 22-4 Falcons.
* As a junior (2008-09), Mountain State finished 29-7 and was
ranked among the top 30 high schools in the U.S. by ESPN.
* According to AllKyHoops.com, Newby was ranked as the 82nd-best point guard in the 2010 Class by ESPN.com. Here is ESPN.com's evaluation of him: "Newby has very good length, quickness, and athleticism. He has the naturally ability that allows him to make incredible plays,
especially in the open-court. He easily gets to the rim and looks to
finish at the cup. Newby also has a very good pro-hop move that he uses
on his way to the paint. Newby
has to get stronger in order to become a better finisher in traffic. He
also has to improve his ability to connect consistently from the
perimeter especially in order to play
off the ball, which he seems most suited for at this point. However,
Newby's size makes more suited for the point guard spot, but he needs to
improve his decision-making abilities as well as enhance his passing
skills and court vision. He also has to alleviate his tendency to
over-dribble at times."
* This web page shows that Newby played with and against some top talent in high school at the Central Bank Basketball Classic in Lexington, KY. The tourney had lots of Division I talent including current NBA players Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson.
* Interesting profile here of Newby during his high school days. In the article Newby reveals he was recruited by Nebraska, Baylor, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, Marshall, St. Joe’s, St.
Bonaventure, Miami-Ohio, Fresno State, Duquense, Colorado and Western
* I've never seen a more artistic video of a Gannon recruit than this one titled "Jabs Newby - Late Nights In The Gym." You'll want to stick around for the dunks beginning at the 1:40 mark.
* This video allegedly shows Newby dunking on some kid in a pick-up game. You'll want to fast forward through the sloppy play to the 58-second mark for Newby's facial.
* This video from his junior year at Mountain State includes tons of dunks, of course, but also several three-pointers by Newby.
* If you like basketball practice, you'll enjoy this video of Newby and a teammate running drills.
* Not sure how helpful this 6-second video is, but it's allegedly of Newby dunking during an open gym.
* According to this website, Newby will turn 21 on Aug. 15.