Junior College Point Guard Picks Cowboys

Jeff Newberry, who is considered one of the nation's top junior college point guards, knows that Oklahoma State will be looking for someone to step in to run the team a year from now after Marcus Smart leaves for the NBA. The 6-3, 190-pound thinks he's the man for the job, and that's what he told Cowboys head coach Travis Ford late Saturday night when he committed to OSU.

Newberry called Ford and assistant coach Chris Ferguson on Saturday night to inform them that he wanted to become a Cowboy.

"I committed at midnight last night. It was my 21st birthday," said Jeff Newberry, who will play this season at New Mexico Junior College.

Newberry averaged a team-high 14.4 points as a freshman at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla., while starting 27 of 29 games for the Norsemen. He shot 44.8 percent from the field, including 33.3 percent on three-pointers, and 73.2 percent from the free-throw line. He also averaged 4.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds.

Newberry made his decision to commit after visiting Oklahoma State last Thursday and Friday. He previously had taken official visits to West Virginia and LSU, and made an unofficial trip to Texas Tech. He canceled visits to UConn and Memphis.

"After I took my visit I sat down with my parents. I kinda knew where I wanted to go after the visit (to Oklahoma State last week) but they still wanted to think on it because my dad liked UConn and my mom liked LSU. But they were both happy with Oklahoma State too, and that's where I wanted to go," he said.

"It just so happened to be my birthday, so I thought what better day to commit than my (21st) birthday."

Newberry said there were two important people that played a role in his decision. The first involved current Cowboys point guard Marcus Smart, who has indicated he will leave for the NBA after his sophomore season, and the other is Travis Ford.

"(Marcus Smart say he's going to the NBA) played a lot into my decision," he said. "As a juco kid and only having two years (of eligibility) left I really have to go somewhere where I can play right away.

"But I was looking for a coach that had played point guard before, who is hands on during the year and works with the point guards. Coach Ford has done that. It's just a good fit," said Newberry, who originally signed with Ole Miss out of high school and redshirted during the 2011-12 season in Oxford.

New Mexico Junior College opens the season Oct. 4-5 in the Mullen-Mitchell Jamboree in Dallas. A field of 58 junior college teams from 11 states (Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.). Here's a link to the Mullen-Mitchell Jamboree schedule

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