September 19, 2012

Josh Newkirk Wastes No Time

Filed under: Basketball,Recruiting — Chas @ 5:45 pm

Okay, so the win over VT hasn’t yielded any immediate results in football recruiting. But that weekend left an impression on point guard Josh Newkirk. The North Carolina point guard gave a verbal to Pitt today ($) after Coach Jamie Dixon followed up with a trip down to North Carolina.

Josh Newkirk is a 3-/4-star point guard. He’s 6-2, 175. He’s got quickness and loves to attack the basket (Insider subs).

He easily transitions from scorer to playmaker and can do both. He owns a presence at his position and the kind of head strong game you want out of a playmaker. Newkirk uses his quickness to can get into the lane sometimes at will. Newkirk is a good athlete as well. His ball handling and passing are solid and he can hit the open jumper off the catch or dribble with range to the arc. Newkirk is also a good defender that plays with great energy. Pressuring the ball and anticipating in the passing lanes are also strengths of Newkirk.

On the weaknesses, his perimeter game is a work in progress. He also needs to get stronger. He is considered to have a high ceiling that could result in the kind of player who’s performance will outstrip his recruiting ranking.

He has a ceiling that could take him to higher levels which will be predicated on the resume he builds with his high school team. Adding a jumpshot will enhace his PG ranking. Overall Newkirk is a solid all around point guard that has great upside.

This puts two in the 2013 recruiting class. Technically that fills the class as the only seniors are Dante Taylor and Travon Woodall. But the expectations are that Pitt is looking to add one more big man.


Great news and

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by steve1 09.19.12 @ 6:17 pm


Comment by rhyno527 09.19.12 @ 6:24 pm

score one for the move to the ACC

Comment by steve h 09.19.12 @ 6:29 pm

Co-incidence?? Just going to the ACC next year and allready get a recruit from the heart of ACC country??


Comment by Dan 09.19.12 @ 6:30 pm

Why another guard???
NEED another PF..

Is Dixon going to change style of play??? More ACC style… up and down… uptempo… 4 guard??

Comment by Joe D 09.19.12 @ 9:10 pm

You can never have too many guards especially in the ACC. The next elite point guard that plays for Pitt will be our first. It has been an obvious weakness for Pitt for years. Congrats to Coach Dixon and Josh Newkirk!

Comment by Dan 72 09.19.12 @ 9:34 pm

If you dig deep enough you see why. He can run and run fast. When beat he can get back to and not get burned. Basically he plays great defense. Needs to learn to shoot though. This was on ESPN insiders.

Comment by quipscript 09.19.12 @ 9:59 pm

But if we add one more big man some one has to go
who would that be.

Comment by FRANKCAN 09.19.12 @ 10:08 pm

This is actually quite big. He is exactly the athletic PG that plays in the ACC. And Dixon has been chasing him for quite a while.

ACC is really going to be fun in football and hoops. Can’t wait.

Comment by velvil 09.19.12 @ 10:19 pm

Things that Pitt needs ……… Quickness for defense and offence and someone who can penetrate.
Sounds like Jamie went after what he needs most.

Comment by Justinian 09.19.12 @ 10:30 pm

He comes from the same HS as John Wall. MaxPreps has some notes on him from his coach:

“A transfer from South East Raleigh Josh is an up coming So. point guard with a tremendous amount of upside. Has a great feel for the game and is a natural point guard. He is able to get anywhere on the court, finishes well around the basket, and has the ball on a string. Needs to improve on his jump shot and when he does you will hear his name on draft day.”

Comment by Kenny 09.19.12 @ 10:30 pm

I wonder if he can run routes or better yet cover a wide out with 4.4 speed??? haha

Comment by quipscript 09.19.12 @ 10:54 pm

Watching his videos, he looks like someone who will probably wind up as a consensus 4 star with a good senior season. You can’t teach athleticism; shooting is all about practice.

He also sounds like he has a chip on his shoulder because the Carolina schools passed him over.

Welcome to Pitt Josh!

Comment by Karate 09.19.12 @ 10:54 pm

what’s his 40 time?

Comment by dhuffdaddy 09.20.12 @ 3:27 am

Now Jamie can work on getting Beejay Anya to sign.

Comment by Pittastic 09.20.12 @ 7:50 am

I already love this kid regardless of stars. Dixon found a solid recruit with something to prove and a chip on his shoulders towards Carolina…Perfect replacement for the NY PG with a chip on their shoulder. Regarding Beejay, Indiana is pulling some shady stuff by hiring someone close to him on their staff. I wouldn’t be too hopeful on that one and consider it a bonus if he does come.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 09.20.12 @ 8:22 am

I do like us expanding our recruiting footprint, Anya should sign with PITT, he’ll get to practice against another dominate big man in Adams. You only get better playing against better players.

Comment by Pittastic 09.20.12 @ 8:45 am

I mentioned in another thread.. this kid is athletic… he is probably the most athletic guard we have had in a while… (since vonteego!)

Comment by Snala The Panther 09.20.12 @ 9:26 am

Snala – wait until you see Zeigler. Dude is the best athlete we’ve had at guard since vontego Cummings. Crazy quick, explosive, wiry strong.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 09.20.12 @ 11:26 am

Im excited to see Zeigler !

Comment by Snala The Panther 09.20.12 @ 1:43 pm

Zeigler cannot shoot at all, terrible on free throws, can only drive.

Comment by frankarms 09.20.12 @ 5:02 pm

Zeigler is the “anti-Gibbs”. Shooting is the only thing he can’t do well.

His shooting is no worse than Wrights.

He is the best rebounding, defending, and driving guard we’ve had since Knight. He also has a little bit of Knight’s attitude. Plus he is a good three or four inches taller than Knight.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 09.21.12 @ 7:54 am

The big questions is can Dixon coach an uptempo game against other than overmatched teams from lower ranks of D1.

Pitt’s transition defense is usually an abomination and then Dixon gets all anxious and reverts back to walking the ball up the court and playing half court basketball.

Since he’s only learned from one teacher, that being Howland, who is also into snail ball, one has to wonder. And last years staff had only “yes” men who were content just to be on the staff. Optimally he should bring in an asst. who knows the ACC, who know’s what teams tendencies are, coaches tendencies, home court oddities, etc.
And can add some teaching skills in uptempo game.
Video tapes only provide so much info.

Comment by Emel 09.21.12 @ 5:11 pm

Emel – why does Dixon need to change and coach an uptempo style in the ACC?

Tough Pitt defense, dominant rebounding, and deliberate offense with good shot selection is a wining formula in any league. It actually could be an advantage because ACC teams don’t see that style every night.

Jamie needs to keep improving the recruiting and Pitt will continue to have the same kind of success in the ACC as we’ve seen in the Big East.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 09.24.12 @ 12:43 pm

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