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.