Player Profile: Shavar Newkirk

Yesterday, St. Joe’s freshman wing James Demery was profiled in our first installment of the 2014-2015 Hawk Hill Hardwood Player Profile Series. Staying in the freshman class, tonight we look at New York City point guard Shavar Newkirk.

Shavar Newkirk was St. Joe’s first commitment in the 2014 recruiting class, committing to Phil Martelli and the Hawks the July before his senior year at Cardinal Hayes (NY). The 5’11 lead guard averaged 17 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds per game as a senior at Cardinal Hayes. Paced by Newkirk, Cardinal Hayes went 26-2 last year and won New York City’s Archdiocesan championship.

Chris Wilson will be the starting point guard for the Hawks this year for the fourth consecutive season. Wilson, who is co-captain this season with DeAndre Bembry, has a capable backup this season in Newkirk, and Newkirk brings a different skill set and pace to the court.

“Shavar’s a real quick change of pace guard,” St. Joe’s assistant coach Dave Duda began. “He adds to the quickness in the backcourt.”

While Chris Wilson will start for the Hawks at the point, alongside DeAndre Bembry and, most likely, James Demery, Newkirk’s quickness off the bench will be a major asset for this season’s Hawk team. He comes to Hawk Hill with the trademark New York City toughness at the point guard spot, along with a laundry list of accolades.

As a senior, Shavar was named New York Daily News Bronx Player of the Year. He was a two-time All-City 1st-Team selection. Newkirk was a two-time All-CHSAA 1st-Team honoree. Then, last spring, Shavar played for the U-18 USA Select Team in Germany.

While none of these accolades transfer to the collegiate level, Newkirk has proven to be a winner and difference-maker everywhere that he has played. Dave Duda thinks his skill set translates well to college.

“Shavar’s done a great job of getting guys easy shots in the pre-season,” Duda stated. “He should play solid minutes and make a contribution out of the gate.”

St. Joe’s has a preseason 1st-Team All-Atlantic 10 player in sophomore co-captain DeAndre Bembry. The Hawks have another dynamic wing in freshman James Demery. If Shavar Newkirk can spell senior Chris Wilson off the bench and do what Coach Duda hinted at, ‘getting guys easy shots,’ he can be a difference-maker this season for the Hawks.

Tomorrow, our Player Profile series will roll on with 6’10 freshman center Obi Romeo.

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