Top schools after Newton

One of the most heavily recruited players on the East Coast is four-star combo guard Ja'Quan Newton.

Four-star guard Ja'Quan Newton had a solid junior season for Philadelphia (Penn.) Neumann-Goretti. The 6-foot-2 prospect continued to show why he is such a talented prospect, and college coaches are taking a close look at him heading into the spring.

From a team perspective Neumann-Goretti fell short of their goals, but overall Newton feels his junior year went pretty well.

"We lost in the quarterfinals at state, but we will bounce back from that next year," said Newton. "I think my junior overall was great and it had some good moments. I think it is the best year I have had so far."

The one area that has always been a knock on Newton is his jumper, but he feels that part of his game came along nicely this season.

"My jump shot has improved," said Newton. "I have a lot of confidence in my jump shot and it is going in a lot. Now that I have more confidence I am shooting it more and shooting better."

When it comes to his recruitment, a host of top colleges are staying in very close contact with him, and are hoping to land his services.

"SMU, Cincinnati, Xavier, Georgetown, Villanova, Temple, Rutgers, Miami, and Arizona are the main ones," listed Newton.

Almost all the schools on Newton's list were in some impacted by the latest round of conference re-alignment, and Newton says that is something he looks closely at.

"I pay attention to it a lot because a top conference is where big time players go," explained Newton. "I think some schools moving out of the Atlantic 10 or Conference USA is a big part of me getting recruited harder, and it makes me consider going there because they are in the Big East or at a higher level."

For now Newton has no visits set up, though he said he is going to figure that out sometime soon. Instead he is simply focused on the summer and being the best player that he can be.

"This spring I am just going to play AAU and I hope to play to the best of my ability and lead my team to the Peach Jam," said Newton.

Currently Newton is seen as the No. 13 shooting guard in the country and the No. 62 ranked player overall.

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