Clemson has scored its first basketball pledge for the next class, and it’s a significant one.
Greensboro (N.C.) Day three-star wing John Newman III announced his commitment Friday evening.
"The people down there, they were just really genuine," Newman told TigerIllustrated.com. "I have a good sense for when people are lying to me or buttering me up to make me feel good. But I think they really felt good about me. All the people down there just wanted to really get to know me."
"I love the coaching staff. And the players, I think we gelled pretty good. I'm a lot like them."
Newman (6-5, 190) picked the Tigers over offers from Virginia and Wake Forest among several others. Providence was set to get an official visit later this month, while N.C. State had been closely evaluating.
But Clemson closed the deal after attracting Newman for an official visit earlier this week.
Newman took an official visit to Wake Forest in April.
He averaged 11.8 points per game last season for a loaded Greensboro Day squad that won the NCISAA Class 3-A state championship. This spring, he averaged 8.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game with the CP3 All-Stars on the EYBL circuit, shooting 57.8 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from 3-point range and 71.0 percent from the foul line.
Newman also had a solid showing at the NBA Top 100 camp two weeks ago.
"They need a two-way player right now," he said. "They have some offensive weapons, but they need somebody who can be a weapon on both ends. They need someone with a defensive edge, and that's me because I love getting defensive stops."
"Now I can finally start recruiting for my team. It starts today. I'm going to bring in some dogs for sure."