Newton Opens Eyes

Philadelphia native Ja'Quan Newton already has a pair of offers and coaches making him a priority prospect in his class.

One of the top basketball schools in the country is Philadelphia (PA) Neumann-Goretti High School. Every year they are loaded with talent, and one of their best players is class of 2014 prospect Ja'Quan Newton. All summer long Newton drew college coaches and finished it off with an excellent performance at the Hoop Group Future All-America Camp.

"My summer was good," said Newton. "I think I played very well. I did a lot better than last summer when I was at camps and things like that."

This summer was the first time that Newton really had coaches focusing on him in large numbers. At first for the young prospect it was a lot, but then he got used to it and began to thrive.

"At first I was nervous because I had never played in front of college coaches like that, but when I got used to it by the end I was just playing my game," explained Newton.

When it comes to his recruitment, schools all over the East Coast are already showing him significant attention with two offers already coming his way.

"Right now I have offers from Rutgers and St. Joe's," explained Newton. "Also I have interest from Penn State, Florida, Villanova, Syracuse, and Temple."

To this point Newton has had a chance to make visits to three different programs. Rutgers, Villanova, and St. Joe's have all received visits from Newton.

"Villanova is real competitive," Newton said of his trip there. "When they practice they practice hard. Coach Jay Wright he really coaches players, he doesn't yell at them. He is a great coach."

The visit to Rutgers was also one where Newton liked what he saw.

"I think Rutgers is a great school and an up and coming program," said Newton. "Coach (Mike) Rice is a real intense coach and I like how he coaches. He yells, but as a player I can take that, and he would make me better."

When it comes to St. Joe's, the school has a different atmosphere than the other two he has seen, but he also thought it was a good trip.

"St. Joe's is a real small school and it was a good experience to see how things are up there," said Newton. "I liked what I saw from them."

For now the 6-foot-1 Newton is focused on improving his game, and that means getting better on the perimeter.

"My focus is that I just want to work on my jump shot and get my handle better," said Newton. "I know I can really improve and always get better."

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