Coach Pastner has yet another prospect on the horizon for the class of 2014. No prospect has committed to Memphis just yet, but in the upcoming months, that may well change. Pastner seems to love junior college players due to the fact that they have experience. Pastner’s philosophy is that he wants to get a player that already has the mindset of college basketball coming in rather than teaching a kid coming straight out of high school the fundamentals of what it takes to play at the collegiate level. Pastner might get his chance with Jeff Newberry.
Newberry is friends with Jalen Kendrick, the former prospect that could have came to Memphis three years ago. Newberry is somewhat familiar with the basketball program. His journey has been a roller coaster. After a stop at a prep school then to Ole Miss and two junior colleges, Newberry decides to take another shot at Memphis. Two years prior, Newberry didn’t feel like Memphis was a good fit for him.
“I couldn’t see myself there,” said Newberry.
Memphis would eventually get back into contact with the point guard and assistant coach Robert Kirby would have conversations with him. With the progress Memphis has made, Newberry finally seen how great the program is and wants to take a visit to the University. Sept. 13 will be the day he steps foot onto the Memphis campus.
Newberry has been getting advice from 2012 rookie of the year Damien Lillard and Memphis native Lou Williams.
“I just came to learn it’s a real respected and basketball-oriented town,” said Newberry on Tuesday. “The town is nuts about basketball, which any kid would love.
“Sometimes, certain situations like with Kendrick don’t work out. As I looked into it, I found that it’s a real and respected program.
“I made a mistake by overlooking Memphis. I looked into it, the history and the style of play — it might be a good fit.”
With four senior guards leaving after next season, it’s a plus for Newberry to come right in and big major minutes.
He will also take visits to LSU, which will be this weekend and Oklahoma State on Oct. 18. Kansas, West Virginia, and Rhode Island are also in the works for a visit with the 6-2, 175-pound guard. Last season at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Okla., he averaged 14.8 points and 4.3 assists a game.
“I’m basically a true point guard and that’s what schools are recruiting me as,” said Newberry. “People say I’m real flashy, but I just think I’m playing my game.
“I’m not out there trying to embarrass defenders; I just play that way everyday.”
Newberry currently has two years of eligibility left and plans to sign with a school in November.
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.