Josh Newkirk

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Josh Newkirk Biography

Josh Newkirk is a basketball player from Raleigh, N.C. who played for Indiana University. Newkirk was a point guard for the Hoosiers for two seasons from 2016-2018. He previously played for the University of Pittsburgh before transferring to Indiana. The Raleigh native played high school basketball for Word of God Christian Academy where he won 68 games and a state championship. After playing for Indiana, Newkirk played in the NBA G-League and then the Czech Republic National Basketball League for the 2019-2020 season.

  • Name: Josh Newkirk
  • Position: Guard
  • Nationality: USA
  • Age: 28 years old
  • Birthday: April 17, 1994
  • Hometown: Raleigh, NC
  • High School: Word of God Christian Academy
  • Height: 6-1 (185 cm)
  • Weight: 195 lbs (88 kg)
  • Seasons: 2 (2016-2018)
  • Jersey: #2
  • Current Team: Nova Hut Ostrava (Czech Republic – Mattoni NBL)

Awards and Accolades

  • 2013-2014 All-ACC Academic Team

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Josh Newkirk High School Career

Newkirk played high school basketball for Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C.. He led the Holy Rams in scoring with 15.2 points per game during his junior season. The next season Newkirk helped his team to a 25-2 overall record and the NCISAA Class 1A state championship. Newkirk’s team defeated Fayetteville Trinity Christian 75-68 in the title game.

Newkirk aided WOGCA to a 68-14 record during his high school career. The 2013 graduate was ranked as a 3-star recruit and in the top-10 amongst point guards according to 247Sports. He played for the D One Sports Academy in North Carolina on the AAU circuit. Former number one overall pick and current NBA point guard John Wall played for both WOGCA and D One Sports Academy.

Recruiting Profile

  • 247Sports Composite Ranking: 3-star (0.9143)
  • Nationally: 120th
  • Position: 27th
  • State: 7th

Seasons with the Hoosiers

2016-2017 Indiana Basketball Season
Tom Crean (9th Season)
18-16 (7-11 Big Ten)
11th Place Big Ten
🏅 NIT First Round
2017-2018 Indiana Basketball Season
Archie Miller (1st Season)
16-15 (9-9 Big Ten)
7th Place Big Ten

Career Statistics at Indiana University

Season G GS MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2016-17 34 32 955 114 260 0.438 79 168 0.470 35 92 0.380 44 63 0.698 23 82 105 108 19 7 76 99 307
2017-18 31 24 721 73 193 0.378 44 98 0.449 29 95 0.305 46 57 0.807 12 53 65 86 15 8 57 56 221
IU Career 65 56 1676 187 453 0.413 123 266 0.462 64 187 0.342 90 120 0.750 35 135 170 194 34 15 133 155 528

Josh Newkirk’s Indiana University Career

Newkirk played at the University of Pittsburgh from 2013-2015 before transferring to Indiana University. The former Panther averaged 5.2 points and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 41% from the field. He played in 70 games at Pitt before undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee on May 6, 2015.

One Season Under Tom Crean

The Raleigh native transferred to Indiana before the 2015-2016 season and sat out the entire year per NCAA transfer rules. He returned to play the next season as a redshirt junior after the Hoosiers were coming off a Big Ten championship and Sweet 16 appearance. Newkirk added much needed depth at the guard position as former Hoosier Yogi Ferrell finished his collegiate career.

Newkirk averaged a career high 9.0 points and 3.2 assists per game in his first season with the Hoosiers under former coach Tom Crean. He led the team with 108 assists and recorded a career-high 27 points in a three-overtime contest against Penn State.

Indiana started the 2016-2017 campaign ranked 11th in the country and picked up statement wins against Kansas and North Carolina. Newkirk tallied a combined 17 points, seven assists and six rebounds in those contests. However, the Hoosiers lost eight of their final 11 games on the season and suffered a first round NIT loss to Georgia Tech.

One Season Under Archie Miller

Newkirk played in the first year of the Archie Miller era at Indiana after Miller was hired after Crean’s firing. He averaged 7.1 points per game and once again led the team with 86 assists.

The Hoosiers had an up-and-down season finishing with a 16-15 record and falling to Rutgers in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Newkirk recorded 528 points, 194 assists and 170 rebounds in his tenure at Indiana. He played in 65 games while starting in 56 of those and tallied 1676 minutes on the court.

Career after IU

After going undrafted, Newkirk spent time in the NBA G-League playing for the Long Island Nets and the Texas Legends. He played in 35 games during the 2018-2019 season and averaged 10.7 minutes per game.

As of the 2019-2020 season, Newkirk is playing overseas for Nova Hut Ostrava in the Czech Republic National Basketball League. He averaged 19.4 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds during the season.

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