Syracuse, N.Y. — Woody Newton, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound forward from Mt. Zion Prep in Lanham, Md., announced his college choice on Tuesday.
Newton choose Syracuse over offers from Seton Hall, Cincinnati, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Xavier, Penn State, VCU, Georgetown, West Virginia and several other schools.
Syracuse Basketball: Woody Newton announces commitment to Orange
Newton and his parents were at Syracuses game against Duke at the Carrier Dome on Feb. 23 for an unofficial visit.
Share Share Syracuse basketball recruiting: 4-star 2020 power forward Woody Newton picks Orange tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports The Syracuse Orange mens basketball program picked up its first commitment for the 2020 recruiting cycle. Four-star Mt. Zion Prep (Maryland) power forward Woody Newton has announced that hell be joining the Orange.
With Brissett leaving, there’s a massive opening at one of the forward spots. Fellow Canadian Quincy Guerrier is expected to seize that role heading into the 2019-20 season.
According to 247Sports, Newton measures 6-foot-8 and 190 pounds, so hell likely be putting on a few pounds of muscle before suiting up for SU. Newton ranks as 247Sports 79th-best prospect for the 2020 class and the 12th-best power forward. The junior also had offers from Maryland, Seton Hall, Arkansas and Cincinnati, among others.
In his highlight tape (below), Newton shows off his blend of shooting, athleticism and physicality at the rim. Mike Waters of Syracuse.com said in early May that Newtons game resembles a blend of former Syracuse stars Wes Johnson and Jerami Grant. While his height could position him as a power forward at the collegiate level, his range and stroke adds value as a taller small forward as well.
According to Waters, Newton and his parents were in attendance for Syracuses 75-65 loss to the Duke Blue Devils on Feb. 23 — a game that sat 34,616 fans.
By the time Newton hits the Carrier Dome hardwood in 2020 hell be one of six players standing at 68 or taller, along with then-seniors Bourama Sidibe and Marek Dolezaj, then-junior Robert Braswell and then-sophomores Jesse Edwards and Jone Bol Ajak. With the recent departure of Oshae Brissett and eventual graduation from Elijah Hughes, Newton will have a solid opportunity at providing key minutes in year one.