Earlier this spring, SMU head coach Larry Brown personally flew out to Philadelphia to meet with St. John Neumann combo guard JaQuan Newton.
Seeing Brown hit the recruiting trail has been quite common since he arrived on the Hilltop. But it appears he truly made a lasting impression and has developed something special with Newton
"My conversation with Larry Brown was great He came out to see me and told me that he could get me where I need to be," Newton said. "He's a great coach and we have a great relationship. We've just been talking lately about school, basketball and things like that."
A four-star prospect, Newton is ranked as the No. 13 shooting guard in the nation. Although he struggled mightily in the Dallas Nike EYBL last month, he bounced back with 31 points and seven assists in the NBPA Top 100 camp championship game over the weekend.
But Newton still has plenty of room to grow. At 6-foot-2, 170-pounds, Newton says he could play shooting guard or point guard at the next level, but SMU is recruiting him at the latter. And that means he would be groomed by one of the greatest point guard mentors of all-time.
"It would be a great experience to play for Larry Brown because he's coached Hall of Famers like Allen Iverson and I think I can learn a lot from him," Newton said. "He can make me a better point guard since he tutored great point guards in the past."
Newton is obviously familiar with Brown's illustrious track record but hopes to find out more about SMU in general as the recruiting process runs its course.
"I really didn't know too much about SMU before Larry Brown got there. I hadn't really heard of them," he said. "But I know Larry Brown is building a great program and bringing great players in so as far as the school, I'm interested in visiting and learning more."
Newton is well aware of the makeover SMU is undergoing with Brown at the helm and can't help but to imagine being a part of it.
"My interest level in SMU is very high. With Larry Brown there and a McDonald's All-American in Keith Frazier, I feel like it would be a really good place," Newton said. "Teaming up with Frazier, I mean it would be a very good backcourt and we could really do something special."
As the AAU season continues, Newton says he is taking recruiting slow and has no timetable set for a decision. Along with SMU, he plans on visiting Cincinnati, Minnesota and Xavier.
4-Star SG Has 'Very High' Interest In SMU
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