We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, and today’s edition will take a closer look at Nas Newkirk of Dudley.
We’ve seen Newkirk in every possible setting, including at our Phenom 150 Camp, previously stating, “Next, we look at a player with a pretty promising skillset and overall identity for his current age, Nasir Newkirk. He’s a young, fairly well-rounded guard prospect with quality vision, midrange shooting, and finishing ability. Newkirk can handle the ball and understands how to set up others, but actively looks to take advantage of the best available opportunity. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him an even better ball-handler against pressure. Coach Potter on Newkirk: “Nasir is a good ball player. He takes constructive criticism very well. He has a good attitude and great maturity for basketball at his age. He can get selfish on the offensive end. However, Nasir always guarded the best player on the other team and accepted the challenge with poise. He has a good handle, and got by defenders, but can rush his jumper at times. If Nasir continues working, he could be up at the college level one day.” Newkirk showed some enticing flashes throughout camp and will be a player to watch as he begins his high school journey with Dudley.”
Since then, Newkirk has only remained a prospect worth monitoring. He showcased a fairly well-rounded identity throughout his freshman season and beyond. Newkirk already knows how to do a little bit of everything within the flow of the action, but can also expand his production as needed. He’s a solid athlete with useful feel and the ability to operate in various different roles. Newkirk can handle the ball, set up others, and score with nice efficiency. Right now, he’s still just scratching the surface of his long-term abilities, but folks should keep their eyes on Newkirk over the coming years.