Basketball: John Newman III Enters Transfer Portal

Clemson, SC

Monday afternoon Clemson basketball found out that Tigers veteran player John Newman III has decided to forgo the rest of his eligibility at Clemson and enter the transfer portal.

2019-20

  • Appeared in 31 games, starting a career-best 31 contests.
  • Increased scoring output by 7.4 points per game (9.5 ppg).
  • Held opponents in matched up situations to just 37.0 percent shooting.
  • Rebounds per game more than doubled from 1.8 per game to 3.9 per game.
  • More than doubled his amount of steals from 12 to 31.
  • Shooting percentage increased 5.6 percent from last season (44.0 percent).
  • More than quadrupled his assists from 15 to 68.
  • Tallied a career-best four assists in a game on four occasions: vs. Alabama A&M, at North Carolina, at Wake Forest and at Virginia Tech.

Best Games, 2019-20

  • Opened the season with back-to-back double-digit scoring games with 15 points in the home opener against Virginia Tech (Nov. 5) and 16 points in a win over Presbyterian (Nov. 7). Went 11-for-20 combined in both games from the floor.
  • Scored 16 points on 4-for-8 shooting in a loss to No. 21 Colorado (Nov. 26) in the MGM Main Events tournament in Las Vegas.
  • Put together three consecutive double-digit scoring games in a 3-0 stretch that saw the Tigers top NC State (Jan. 4), North Carolina (Jan. 11) and Duke (Jan. 14). He scored 12 points in a home win over the Wolfpack.
  • He netted 17 points in the Tigers’ first-ever win over the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, finishing an efficient 7-for-12 from the floor with six rebounds and four assists.
  • Notched 14 points in a home win over No. 3 Duke, finishing 5-for-7 from the floor, including an ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 dunk over Duke’s Javin DeLaurier.
  • Was a major catalyst in the Tigers’ win over No. 5 Louisville (Feb. 15), scoring a career-high 23 points on 7-for-9 shooting and a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line. He also finished with six rebounds.
  • First career double-double came in a dominant win at Boston College (Feb. 22). Finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
  • Notched 18 points in a home win over No. 6 Florida State (Feb. 29), finishing 6-for-13 from the floor with two rebounds and two assists.
  • Playing back in his hometown for the ACC Tournament, he scored 11 points, grabbed three rebounds and dished two assists in a win over Miami (March 11).

2018-19

  • Appeared in all 34 games this season and made one start
  • Made first career start against Mississippi State (Dec. 8)
  • Played 20+ minutes on five occasions
  • Averaged 2.1 points per game and 1.8 rebounds per contest
  • Shot 38.4 percent from the floor and 32.1 percent from distance
  • Grabbed 60 rebounds, including 15 on the offensive glass
  • Tallied 15 assists, 12 steals and five blocks
  • Played double-digit minutes in 22 games
  • Made at least two field goals in nine contests.

Best Games, 2018-19

  • Made collegiate debut playing 18 minutes in the season opener against The Citadel (Nov. 6)
  • Scored five points and grabbed three rebounds against the Bulldogs
  • Played double-digit minutes in the next three contests, scoring 10 total points, including tying his season-high of five against Sam Houston State (Nov. 14)
  • Made his first collegiate start against Mississippi State in the Never Forget Tribute Classic – played 14 minutes
  • Grabbed a career-high six rebounds at South Carolina (Dec. 22) and five points, including an emphatic dunk on the Gamecocks’ Chris Silva
  • Connected on a career-best two 3-pointers against Wake Forest (Feb. 3)
  • Tied season-high with two assists in 19 minutes played against North Carolina (March 2)
  • Scored three points against NC State in the ACC Tournament (March 13) on an and-one play with a fast-break dunk in the first half
  • Scored a career-high six points and grabbed four rebounds in first career postseason game against Wright State in the first round of the NIT (March 19) – finished 2-for-3 from the field against Wright State, including 1-for-2 from distance
  • Blocked two shots and added an assist and a steal against the Raiders
  • Scored four points against Wichita State (March 23)

Before Clemson

  • Came to Clemson as a four-star prospect
  • Ranked No. 5 in the state of North Carolina according to Phenom Hoops
  • Ranked 42nd at his position nationally according to ESPN
  • Led his team in scoring and scored 24 points and was named MVP of the NCISAA 3A State Championship game
  • Celected to the NCISSA all-state team for the second consecutive season as a senior and was named to the PACIS all-conference team for the third-straight year
  • Three-time state champion
  • Finished with 1,400 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals in career at Greensboro Day School
  • Chose Clemson over Providence, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Boston College

Personal

  • Born August 2, 1999 (turns 21 prior to the 2020-21 season).
  • Majoring in Communications.

High School Accolades

  • Finished career with 1,400 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists, 100 steals
  • Lenwood Edwards Endowment Award for Academic Leadership
  • Rivals Top 150
  • Top 5 in Phenom Hoops
  • 3-time state champion (2015, 2016, 2018)
  • NCISAA 3A Championship Game MVP (2018)
  • 2-time NCISAA 3A All-State (2017 and 2018)
  • Associated Press NC All-State Team (2018)
  • McDonald’s All-American Nominee (2018)
  • News and Record Private School All-Area Player of the Year (2018)
  • 3-time News and Record Private School All-Area Team (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • ‘Iolani Classic All-Tournament Team (2018)
  • Cannon Classic All-Tournament Team (2016)
  • NBPA Top 100 Invitee and Participant (2017)
  • Phenom Hoops National Showcase Game MVP (2016 and 2017)
  • 3-time PACIS All-Conference Team (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • 5-time HAECO Invitational Champion (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • HAECO Invitational MVP (2018)
  • 3-time HAECO Invitational All-Tournament Team (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • 15-0 record at HAECO Invitational
  • 2-time participant at the GEICO (formerly called Dick’s) National HS Tournament
  • Overall record of 152-24
  • Averaged 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists during senior season

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