Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Ja’Quan Newton pulled the trigger for Miami on Wednesday, ending his recruitment before taking his official visits.
“Yes,” the 6-foot-3 Newton confirmed to SNY.tv.
He previously told SNY.tv of Miami:
“I like them a lot. Pick and roll. I haven’t been out there but I like their style of play.”
Neumann-Goretti Assistant John Mosco feels that Newton will fit in well at Miami.
“He can make plays for them off of the pick and roll,” Mosco said. “You need multiple playmakers on the floor nowadays. He can get in the lanes and get guys open shots. He is a winner.”
Newton also considered Minnesota, Texas A&M, UCLA, Oregon and Syracuse.
Brooklyn Lincoln guard Isaiah Whitehead and Newton have talked about possibly packaging together.
Asked about Miami as an option, Whitehead told SNY.tv, “It’s still a possibility.”
He is also considering Syracuse, UCLA, Arizona, Minnesota and St. John’s, among others.
Whitehead will play this weekend in the Big Strick Classic in The Bronx.
Newton also joins Washington, D.C. St. John’s College guard James Palmer in Miami’s 2014 recruiting class. Davon Reed, Newton’s former Team Final teammate, committed to Miami last spring.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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