Former Pitt guard Josh Newkirk transferring to IU

Indiana has added former Pittsburgh guard Josh Newkirk to its plans for 2016, The Herald-Times has confirmed.

Newkirk, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound point guard who announced his intention to transfer earlier this month, will have to sit out the upcoming season per NCAA transfer rules. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. Newkirk underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee in May and his father, Reggie Newkirk, says he’ll be full-go by December.

“Since he’s gotta sit out anyway, Indiana said they’ll gradually work him back in,” his father said. “They aren’t going to speed him up practicing with the team so early.”

CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein first reported Newkirk’s transfer to IU on Sunday afternoon.

Newkirk visited IU’s campus last Monday, and after returning home to Raleigh, N.C., he committed to the Hoosiers on Wednesday. Assistant coach Chuck Martin led the recruiting push for Newkirk, who is currently in Bloomington moving in ahead of the start of fall classes next week. When his transfer was announced earlier this month, Pitt said in a release that Newkirk was looking to return closer to home. His father confirmed that was the plan until Indiana called.

His father said IU’s uptempo philosophy was the biggest selling point.

“That was the style of play he wanted to be involved in,” Reggie Newkirk said. “He couldn’t wait to get back into that. When they called, it was like a dream come true.”

Indiana originally offered Newkirk a scholarship during his sophomore year in high school before he settled on the Panthers. Through two seasons at Pitt, Newkirk averaged 5.2 points and 2.2 assists per game. He gives IU a veteran option at point guard with the upcoming graduation of senior Yogi Ferrell.

Newkirk played well at Assembly Hall in last season’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge, scoring 16 points and adding eight assists in 34 minutes off the bench. IU won that contest, 81-69.

Last season, Newkirk averaged 5.9 points, 2.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds, appearing in 34 games and starting four.

10 comments

  1. Or out of the plane descending downward long ago. What elite programs did IU beat out to get this player in the MO Valley and Mac. I know, he will get better and better and if he were at a Valley or Mac school he would become a good impact role player excluding the Wichita State Shockers.

  2. Let’s see, the kid is 6’1″, can play D, has success at driving to the basket, has 2 yr. experience for a good program with a good coach in the ACC and he dotted the i and crossed the t last year by hanging 16 with 8 assists on us. He has 2 years remaining and we need an experienced point when Yog leaves. How in the hell can this be a negative. This is damn near a Nickie Buckets situation all over again. Making the equation all about Yogi this is almost a dream come true.

  3. BeatPurdue, you really don’t expect any blockbusters with that measly $600,000 recruiting budget do you?

  4. Yes, may be good enough let’s say for example if everything works out: a win over Northwestern in overtime 78 to 73. Go Hoosiers!

  5. A portion of the “everything works out” is getting an experienced PG from a good program in a top conference who’ll be primed to take over for Yog. Definitely the best move on the board.

  6. I guess that most interpreted my post of “no blockbuster yet” as negative. It was factual not negative. I like both Grant and Josh as recruits for IU, for very different reasons. But neither has the high ranking pedigree of a top ranked “blockbuster”. However, I do think that 2 or 3 of the remaining 4 recruits for 2016 ( maybe all 4) will be top (top 100 in the composite). GO IU!

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