NBPA Camp: Ja'Quan Newton Spotlight

Philadelphia native Ja'Quan Newton is a class of 2014 prospect getting a lot of recruiting love from East Coast schools.

Four-star guard Ja'Quan Newton is one of the better players in the City of Brotherly Love. The class of 2014 prospect has put his scoring game on display at the NBPA Top 100 Camp and on June 15 a lot of colleges contacted his phone.

As one of the younger guards at the camp, Newton is thankful to be at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, and is learning a lot.

"It is a great opportunity to be here," said Newton. "I am very fortunate and blessed to be here with all of these great players. I know this camp is getting me better and preparing me for the next level."

Currently Newton is trying to make the transition from shooting guard to point guard, and he says it is going well.

"I think I am playing much better," said Newton. "I am learning the speed of the game. I know I can play too fast at times, but I am getting better with that."

He continued, "Sometimes it isn't all about scoring, it is about getting your teammates involved and defending. Just doing the things to help your team win."

Recruiting wise Newton said numerous schools hit him on June 15 once he was able to be called and receive text messages.

"Auburn, Maryland, Miami, Georgetown, Villanova, Temple, Rutgers, Penn State, Virginia, and schools like that," said Newton.

Villanova is working very hard to keep the local product at home, and so far Newton likes what is hearing from the school.

"I love Villanova right now," said Newton. "I really love Villanova. I have been up there a couple of times. They have a great campus and Coach Jay Wright is the best. We have a relationship that is just great."

Also Mike Rice and Rutgers have had Newton on campus numerous times and are heavily involved in the recruitment.

"I like Rutgers a lot," Newton said. "Mike Rice texted me right when he could. We have a good bond as well. I went up there for a football and basketball game. Coach Rice is real intense and I like that."

While he has no visits schedule coming up, Newton does admit that he would like to see one particular college.

"I want to see Kentucky," said Newton. "I mean they are Kentucky."

Currently Newton says no schools are standing out, he is hoping to take his time before making a decision.

"I am not leaning to anybody right now," said Newton. "I plan to play my last year of AAU and then going into my senior year I will cut down my list and make my decision before my senior year."


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