Brooklyn Guard Has D-1 Interest

Reporter Brian Towey has an update on a guard from Poly Prep in Brooklyn, New York ...

Justin Newton, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound point guard/combo guard out of Poly Prep in Brooklyn was instrumental in New York City's gold medal run in the scholastic bracket of the Empire State Games this weekend at Iona College.

A rising senior and native of Jamaica, Queens, Newton was a major factor defensively. He is ruggedly built with good upper body strength, a physical on-ball defender with a strong IQ. He showed a good nose for the ball and rebounded his position extremely well.

A point guard and catalyst for coach Billy McNally at Poly, Newton embraced somewhat of a different role at Empires.

"I'm not the main ballhandler here, like I am at Poly," said Newton. "The coaches don't want selfish players. If they want me to play in the post, I'll play in the post. I'm fine with being a role player here because there are a lot of talented guys."

Newton took an unconventional approach to July, opting to work out with his coach and teammates at Poly six days a week. He appeared in a handful of AAU events with the Brooklyn Patriots this summer, but passed on the camp circuit to work on his game.

College coaches are just beginning to warm to Newton. Any that made the trip to Iona likely came away impressed with his toughness and defensive intensity.

"I've heard from Boston University, St. Joe's, and Siena," said Newton, who is still awaiting his first offer. "I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet."

Newton's physical defense brings to mind another rugged athlete who came through Bay Ridge: former Xaverian and Boston University standout Shaun Wynn.

Coming out of an academically competitive school and a program that has sent a number of players to the college level, Newton should field more Division I interest over the course of the year.


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