"I played well," said Newkirk. "I had some big scoring games and I was getting my teammates involved... plus we were winning. Coach wanted us to play in the 16s for this tournament but we'll be playing 17s the rest of the way."
The 6-foot-1 point guard showcased terrific athleticism and playmaking ability, but those who have watched him play over the years already know that Newkirk is talented. He reclassified to the 2013 class last fall, a move that should help his game.
"It just felt like the right move," said Newkirk. "I needed time to mature as a player and get stronger."
It has certainly helped his recruitment. Newkirk claims three early offers and is hearing from a host of programs.
"I've got offers from Indiana, Arizona, and Appalachian State," he stated. "I have interest from NC State, [North] Carolina, Kentucky, Georgetown, and Clemson. Kentucky, Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana, Arizona, [NC] State and a couple more came to my high school during the evaluation period.
"I'm just taking it all in right now. I'm looking at everybody."
The starting point guard for Raleigh (NC) Word of God Christian Academy, Newkirk admits that he wouldn't mind staying close to home. In fact, he hopes to land offers from a couple of local schools.
"Really, I'd like for Carolina and State to offer me," he said. "I wouldn't mind them offering me... they are close to home."
Newkirk grew up a fan of North Carolina and the system they implement.
"I grew up a Carolina fan... me and my dad," he said. "We just liked the uptempo game. They get out and run. I just got to talk to them two or three weeks ago... we've been keeping in touch."
NC State is also involved, with assistant Orlando Early heading up his recruitment. Newkirk, who was wearing a Wolfpack T-shirt on Saturday, says that he is looking to become more familiar with the NC State coaching staff.
"Oh, I just put it on," Newkirk said, laughing, when asked about the T-shirt. "I've talked to coach Early, their assistant coach, and I've talked to coach Gottfried once on the phone. I'm going to go over there some to get to know them better too."
He will continue playing this summer with NC Express and has been invited to attend the Chris Paul Elite Camp in Winston-Salem. Newkirk is in no hurry to make a decision now that he will just be a junior this upcoming school year.
"I don't have a top list right now," he said. "I'm thinking of committing my senior year... not right now. I'm not close to making a decision."