Bayside Academy (AL) star Spencer Newman will play his college ball in the ACC as he has accepted an offer to be a preferred walk-on at NC State.
"Last night I called coach Gottfried and coach Pierre about playing for NC State," said Newman. "That was the best decision and best fit for me. Coach Pierre actually recruited me to Oklahoma State, that was when I first got my first offer. He believed I can go to NC State and earn my scholarship as a walk-on.
"I'll start out as a walk-on, but I fully expect to work and play my way into being a scholarship player."
Newman, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, averaged 22 points, four rebounds, three assists, and 2.5 steals as a senior, earning 1st-team All-State honors. A prolific 3-point shooter, he finished his career with a school-best 2,232 points.
His shooting ability really impressed the NC State coaching staff.
'Coach Gottfried said that they need shooters, and he knows I can fill it up," said Newman. "Coach Early and coach Pierre actually saw me for the first time in the ninth grade... I think I had six three's in a half so they know how I can shoot. Coach Pierre just told me that if I worked my butt of you'll never know what will happen.
"He actually compared me to Phil Forte at Oklahoma State for how I can shoot, and he believes I could go to NC State and earn a scholarship."
Newman recently narrowed his list to NC State and Valparaiso. After a visit to Valpo he chose NC State.
"It's a great school," he said of NC State. "I really feel NC State has all the tools for me to be the best player on the court and a great person off the court.
"Being committed is a great feeling. It's taken a toll on me, the process has been so long, ever since the summer after my freshman year. Taking trips, tournaments... it feels good to know where I'm going, and I'm confident in where I'm going."
"I'll go up there on June 14th," he added. "Hopefully I'll earn a scholarship, that's what I dream for."