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Wednesday / December 8.
  • Four-star Class of 2023 combo guard Jakai Newton pledges to Indiana

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Jakai Newton, the 6-foot-3 combo guard from Newton (GA), committed to Indiana Friday.

    The four-star guard is ranked No. 12 at his position in the Class of 2023 per 247sports.com. He also considered Georgia and Vanderbilt.

    “They treated us like a family,” Newton told on3.com. “Talking to (Mike) Woodson, he talked about stuff outside of basketball, which is something I’m really into. I never want to limit myself so he talked about business, managing money, and all of that stuff which is very intriguing.”

    Newton is the first commit for coach Mike Woodson in the 2023 class.

    “I’m an athletic two-way guard…plays real hard, plays aggressive, plays with a lot of energy, can rebound, and score on all three levels,” Newton said.

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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. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.