Newton ready for big season

Ja'Quan Newton is ready for a big season and college coaches continue to make him a top target.

Combo guard Ja'Quan Newton from Philadelphia (Penn.) Neumann-Goretti is one of the best prospects in the City of Brotherly Love. The 6-foot-1 guard is known for his ability to get into the lane and make plays, but now as a junior he feels he will be a threat all over the floor.

"The season has gone well," said Newton. "I think I started off well against Lower Merion. It was a good start."

Newton has heard all the talk that he needs to really improve on his jumper and he took that to heart during the summer and fall.

"I have really been working on my jump shot," said Newton. "I have worked a lot on that over the offseason."

Recruiting wise there are a bunch of schools showing Newton significant interest.

"I have been talking to Cincinnati, Arizona, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Temple, Villanova, Rutgers, Xavier, and a few other schools," said Newton. "Those are the main ones I have been hearing from."

The two local schools, Temple and Villanova, have been after Newton for a long time and he says it is an honor to hear from both of those programs.

"It feels good to have your home city teams come after you," said Newton. "Knowing they are showing a lot of love is great. It is cool to know you could commit there if you really wanted to and represent your city."

In fact one head coach has already been out to see Newton play.

"I know Coach Jay Wright from Villanova was at my first game and more schools have told me they will come during the season," said Newton.

Another school that has been in there since the beginning is Rutgers. Mike Rice and his staff made Newton an immediate priority and he has a definite interest in the Scarlet Knights.

"I like the coaches at Rutgers and what they are trying to build," said Newton. "They were one of the first schools to offer me and they have always been real with me. They have just done a good job of recruiting me."

For now the focus for Newton is on his high school team and that means he has some big goals for his junior year.

"I just want to help my team win it all," said Newton. "Basically I want us to beat Chester. That is the biggest thing to win it all and to beat Chester."

Newton is currently ranked as the No. 42 player in the 2014 class.

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