Newkirk Gains Georgia Tech Offer

Any illusion that the basketball season, for elite high school players, has a start and finish is easily dispelled when the AAU season hits its stride. And, so it is for Raleigh, North Carolina, Word of God Christian Academy point guard Josh Newkirk.

The 2013 recruit talked to GoJackets.com about the next few months and the news of a new offer. The 6-2 Josh Newkirk is at home shooting or creating for his teammates and had offers from Tennessee, Xavier and North Carolina State going into the AAU season.

Josh's performance in the April evaluation period led to a fourth offer. "I recently was made an offer by Georgia Tech." Georgia Tech has been following Newkirk for a while and used the evaluation period to get a closer look at him.

"Coach (Chad) Dollar saw me play in an AAU tournament in South Carolina recently and I guess he liked what he saw." Georgia Tech offered Josh following the tournament and let him know they wanted him to play there.

Newkirk had previously been in Atlanta for an unofficial visit to the Tech campus. His familiarity with the program, the campus, and the coaching staff had already sparked his interest in Tech. The offer helped to reinforce that interest. "I like them a lot and they're high on my list."

There are many facets of Newkirk's game that has drawn the attention of the Georgia Tech coaching staff. His ability to get into the lane and create is one of the strong points in Newkirk's game. "They also like that I'm a leader on the floor."

With his junior year now complete, Josh's focus this summer will be on his AAU schedule. He's already played in some tournaments as he continues to work on his game. "My focus is mainly on improving the range on my jump shot."

Josh's college decision probably won't come until he's completed his summer AAU season and he begins his senior year in the fall. "I want to make my decision before the season with the help of my parents."

When Josh gets ready to make that decision, his relationship with the coaching staff will play a major role. Georgia Tech's new facility has also caught his eye. "I know they'll have a new place to play and it will be nice."

The grind continues for Josh this weekend as he and his teammates travel to Richmond, Virginia for a tournament. "We'll also be going to Las Vegas and Philly later the summer with a bunch of other stops."


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