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Four-Star Power Forward Woody Newton Talks About Commitment to Syracuse and High School Career

A few months after an unofficial visit to Syracuse, Woody Newton committed to play for the Orange and Coach Boeheim.

“It’s an honor to play basketball at one of the most prestigious universities in the country and to be coached by a Hall of Fame and Legendary Coach in Coach Boeheim,” Newton said. “And it’s a great feeling when you can give young kids hope on chasing their dreams the way I did.”

Newton also holds offers from Seton Hall, Maryland, Kansas State, Georgetown, Cincinnati, West Virginia, and many others. But Newton has always had a desire to go to Syracuse.

“Syracuse has always stood out to me even before they started recruiting me,” Newton said. “But what was different was that from day one of them recruiting me they always made recruiting me a priority, always calling and texting me. And they were always supportive in good games or bad.”

The 6’8, 190-pound power forward is from the Washington, DC area. Newton started his high school career at McKinley Technology in Washington, DC before transferring after his sophomore year. He now attends Mt. Zion Prep in Lanham, MD.

“Mt. Zion helped me a lot over this last year,” Newton said. “Mt. Zion helped me grow up and mature on and off the court holding me to the highest expectations possible and always pushing me to be the best young man and player I can be.”

Last year, Mt. Zion Prep had a 24-4 record. But for this season, Newton has even higher expectations.

“My expectations for Mt. Zion this year is to win the national prep championship, have the best record in Mt. Zion history, and help all my teammates get the scholarship they want and deserve,” Newton said.

Newton plays for Team Takeover in the EYBL during the summer.

“Team Takeover is a college program,” Newton said. “Everything Team Takeover does is equivalent to what a college team and college coaches are like. And what I mean by that is the coaching staff accepts nothing but excellence out of every player. At Takeover it’s a business on the court. Also playing with 10 high major guys everyday has taught me how to impact the game in more ways than just scoring, so that element will help stay on the floor as a freshman in college. Team Takeover has helped me prepare for college a lot over the last year.”

Newton is the first commitment of the 2020 class for Syracuse. But over the next few months, the Orange will look to add a few more.

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