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Report: 2014 top-50 guard Ja’Quan Newton commits to Miami

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The Miami Hurricanes continued their momentum on the recruiting trail as Philadelphia native Ja’Quan Newton committed to Miami on Wednesday afternoon

The news — first reported by ESPN’s Dave Telep — is another big grab for the Hurricanes after they scored a commitment from guard James Palmer over the weekend. In-state guard Adonys Henriquez is also committed to Miami for the 2014 class.

Newton is regarded as the No. 41 overall player in the 2014 class according to Rivals and the 6’3″ guard from Neumann-Goretti High School was regarded by many recruiting analysts as having a very strong July evaluation period.

During the EYBL’s spring season, Newton averaged 13.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game for Team Final, as he also led the team in minutes.

Newton recently narrowed his list of schools to Miami, Minnesota, Oregon, Syracuse, Texas A&M and UCLA before deciding on Miami before taking any official visits.

As a guard specializing in pick-and-roll situations, Newton should fit well into Miami’s pick-and-roll heavy offense that helped launch the career of recently departed NBA draft pick Shane Larkin.

VIDEO: Marquette’s Henry Ellenson shows off his versatility

Marquette's Henry Ellenson is fouled by Providence's Ben Bentil as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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I’m on record saying that I would consider Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson if I had the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, and while, at this point, I think that Brandon Ingram is probably going to end up going No. 2 — (Maybe No. 1???) — I still believe that Ellenson is going to be one of the best players from this draft class.


Well, just take a look at these highlights from the 26-point, 16-rebound performance he had in a win over Providence last night.

Then remember that Ellenson is 6-foot-11:

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.