It's been a pretty good week for the NC State basketball program, and it got a little better on Friday afternoon when shooting guard Spencer Newman announced his commitment to the Wolfpack.
Blessed and honored to announce I will be continuing my basketball career and education at NC State! #WPN #Wolfpack ⚫️— Spencer Newman™ (@Newman_Spencer) May 20, 2016
Newman, who is in the 6'3, 180-pound range, will begin his career at State as a preferred walk-on but told Pack Pride he expects to earn a scholarship. That's hardly an outlandish goal, since the sharp-shooter drew attention from high-major programs during his high school career and at one point held an offer from Oklahoma State.
On that Oklahoma State staff that offered Newman? New NC State assistant coach Butch Pierre. That's the connection here, if it seems like this addition came out of nowhere. Pierre's been familiar with Newman's abilities for a long time.
Newman was either low-ranked or unranked my recruiting services but he seems to have a strong work ethic and has already honed an excellent jump shot. He averaged more than 20 points per game as a senior and finished with more than 2,000 points in his high school career.
Here is some additional background on Newman from Ben Thomas of AL.com, including a lot of remarks from his high school coach.