For the past few years, Martavious Newby was known as a football player who doubled on the AAU circuit. That all changed at this summer’s Peach Jam, when Newby used his physical brand of play to make an impact at both ends of the floor.
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Newby capitalized on his impressive performance on Thursday, committing to Ole Miss. The news was first reported by the RebelGrove.com and confirmed to CBSSports.com by YOMCA Memphis coach DuJuan Taylor.
Taylor said the commitment is just for basketball, though, not football and basketball.
The 6-foot-4 guard from Booker T. Washington (Tenn.) also had offers from Auburn and Arkansas in both football and basketball, as well as from Missouri and Nebraska on the hardwood. When CBSSports.com spoke to him in July, he expressed interest in playing both sports at the next level.
Newby has a very strong body, and can finish at the rim in transition or in a half-court setting. He knocked down outside shots when needed and was able to create his own shots. Defensively, Newby is difficult to beat off the dribble due to his strength.
News and Notes: Harvard will have perhaps the biggest weekend in the country on September 22. The Crimson will host Brannen Greene, Austin Colbert, Stephen Domingo, Zena Edosomwan and Chris Bolden . . . Josh Gray, a Texas guard who played on the Franchize All-Stars, committed to Mississippi State Wednesday night. “He felt they wanted him bad and he felt like home,” a teammate said . . . Arizona State picked up a commitment from Calaen Robinson . . . Virginia native Aaron Bacote popped for Old Dominion . . . Talented but raw big man Andre Walker could be reclassifying to 2014, according to a source. He would sit out this season at Bullis (Md.) and play as a junior in 2012-13. DePaul and Maryland are sniffing around . . . Toledo picked up a commitment on Thursday from Nathan Boothe.