College Hoops: Newkirk accepts offer from Storm

Jul. 31, 2013 @ 09:50 AM

Business has been slow in recent weeks for the Davidson County Community College basketball program, but on Friday head coach Matt Ridge was able to ink two players for the 2013-14 season.
During the afternoon hours, Wallace-Rose Hill combo guard Marquel Newkirk signed. Newkirk scored 22 points and six rebounds his senior season. He also dished out five assists and had three steals per game.
“Marquel can score in a variety of ways,” said Ridge. “I saw him play at the East-West All-Star game and extended an offer.”
Named MVP of the 1-A conference in both his junior and senior seasons, Newkirk helped lead the Bulldogs to the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state playoffs. Davidson knows very little about Newkirk and likewise, Newkirk does not know much about the Storm, other than them being one of the top JUCO programs in the nation.
“It feels good to sign,” said Newkirk. “I am just ready to play now.”
Newkirk had a strong showing at the all-star event, pumping in 16 points and grabbing two boards.
“I was nervous,” he said. “I have never played in front of that many people.”
Davidson is loaded at the guard position, so Newkirk will be in a battle to see the court.
“I’ve just got to work hard at practice and workouts.”
Later in the day DCCC hosted an open gym for prospective players. After the workout, Ridge extended an offer to guard Willie Gilmore. A graduate of Trinity Christian, Gilmore played for Catawba College two years ago as a true freshman, appearing in 25 games (nine starts). He had 10 double-figure scoring games and tallied a high of 17 points against Pfeiffer University. Gilmore will have one season of eligibility with the Storm.