Syracuse basketball gets commitment from 2020 recruit Woody Newton –

Syracuse basketball gets commitment from 2020 recruit Woody Newton -

Syracuse recruiting: 4-star 2020 PF Woody Newton picks Orange

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 entered the cycle with theoretically zero scholarships available as they did not have a single senior on the roster for the 2019-20 season. That has not stopped Syracuse from recruiting talented players in the 2020 cycle, including Newton. Then Oshae Brissett decided to remain in the NBA Draft, opening up one slot. Syracuse has also prioritized four star wing Andre Jackson, who recently took an official visit. Scholarship slops open up every offseason with departures whether is via turning pro or transferring. 

Newton and his parents were at Syracuses game against Duke at the Carrier Dome on Feb. 23 for an unofficial visit.

Starting the class with Newton is big for Syracuse and gives them one of their priority targets before the summer has started. Syracuse can now shift their focus to the remaining 2020 class, namely Andre Jackson, and the 2021 class as well. Newton fits right into the mold of a Syracuse forward recruit. A top 80 versatile player who can play either forward spot and has tremendous length. Given his skill set and body type, he has a lot of upside especially in the Syracuse system. 

Syracuse Basketball: Woody Newton announces commitment to Orange

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.

Edit Slot to 247Sports Home Slot to Syracuse Orange Newsletter Slot to Syracuse Links Syracuse basketball is on the board in the 2020 class. Four star Baltimore (Md.) Mt. Zion Prep forward Woody Newton announced his commitment to the Orange Tuesday night. Newton is a 6-foot-8 forward who can play the three or the four. He chose Syracuse over offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Kansas State, Maryland, Penn State, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Xavier, among others.

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.

This past weekend at the EYBL in Dallas, Woody Newton averaged 9.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while representing Team Takeover. He shot 47% from the floor overall and made five of his 11 three point attempts. Newton showed off his versatile game with his ability to shoot and score attacking the basket. Newton plays for a loaded Team Takeover squad that plays a bunch of players, and was still able to put up those numbers.

In his highlight tape (below), Newton shows off his blend of shooting, athleticism and physicality at the rim. Mike Waters of 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.

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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.

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.

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