"It was a real learning experience, because we lost a lot and I had to be more of a leader and take care of my team," Newkirk told Scout.com.
Still, Newkirk, Scout.com's No. 67 junior, managed impressive numbers of 17 points and five assists per game.
Much like over the summer when Newkirk, who played with D-One Sports, had an issue he looked to former Word of God star and now Washington Wizard, John Wall for advice.
"He pretty much just helps me," Newkirk said. "If I have any questions he'll help me and teach me. He's been through it so there's nobody better to ask but him. He basically just teaches me everything."
What's the best advice Wall has given Newkirk?
"He just says to play hard every chance you get because you never know when it's going to be your last game and just to have fun out there," Newkirk responded.
Newkirk, a quick and athletic lead guard, currently has scholarship offers from North Carolina State, Georgia Tech and Tennessee. Ohio State and UCLA, who watched him last week, have also show interest.
Georgia Tech was among his recent offers and the Yellow Jackets will host him for an unofficial visit this coming weekend.
Still though, Newkirk isn't in a hurry with his recruiting process.
"I'm really going to look into it after the summer but right now I'm just taking it step by step," he said.
Newkirk, a 6-foot, 160-pound guard, is regarded as a four-star prospect.