Greensboro (N.C.) Day shooting guard John Newman had been leaning toward Clemson heading into his official visit to the school this week.
The visit closed the deal for him, and on Friday evening, he announced his commitment to Clemson.
“They offered me last August, but I really started considering Clemson really deeply about two months ago when I started to dig deeper into things that I wanted in a school, different things that I was looking for,” Newman told The Clemson Insider. “And then when I went on my official, it sealed the deal for me. It has everything I want and need, so there was no point in waiting around.”
Newman (6-4, 180) chose the Tigers over offers from Georgia Tech, Providence, Virginia and Wake Forest among others, becoming Clemson’s first commitment in the class of 2018.
“I feel like the people there are really genuine,” Newman said of why he picked Clemson. “The people on campus that I met, I feel like they wanted to get to know me as a person more so than as an athlete, so that was really important. The facilities are great, and they have great networking for life after basketball.”
Newman was a priority target for Brad Brownell and his staff, so naturally the head coach was stoked when Newman informed him of his decision.
“Coach Brownell was so excited,” Newman said. “He wanted me really bad and I could tell that. I just felt wanted at Clemson, and I could tell that even when I committed.”
As a junior last season, Newman averaged 11.8 points per game for a Greensboro Day team that had a 34-4 overall record and won the NCISAA Class 3-A state title.
Newman, an all-state selection in each of the past two seasons, averaged 8.9 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game with Team CP3 on the EYBL circuit this spring. He shot nearly 58 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point range.
“On the court, I’m a good two-way player,” Newman said. “I think right now my defense is the strongest thing in my game. I have a good offensive game, but I really get after it on the defensive end. But I’m a good two-way player that’s going to bring energy, excitement, and I’m going to play hard no matter what.”
Newman is happy to have his commitment behind him, and ready to begin recruiting others to join him.
“It feels great. I’m just glad to wrap it all up,” he said. “No more random calls from coaches. It feels good, and to be the first one (in the 2018 class), it just means I get to start my job a little bit early. I get to start recruiting, and I’m going to try to get some dogs with me.”
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