Phl coach Norman Black said Chris Newsome, a 6-foot-2 sophomore at New Mexico Highlands University, will come over to seek his spot in the team, which will be gunning for its 15th SEAG cage title against what he described as improved rivals.
“He practiced with Ateneo the past school year and I can say he’s good, he really can jump and he’s very athletic,” Black said during yesterday’s Scoop sa Kamayan session.
Based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Newsome currently plays for the Cowboys in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, leading the squad to a 90-84 win over University of Colorado-Colorado Springs with 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in their most recent game. Newsome will relocate to the Philippines after the season and play for Ateneo by 2013.According to poster "yungha" in the Blue Eagles Nest forum of Gameface, Newsome will come over to the Eagles as a junior, meaning he will have two more years of eligibility as a Blue Eagle. In that same post, "yungha" also mentions that another SEAG potential player, 6'6" Anthony Hargrove, who is currently already enrolled in Ateneo, will have three years of eligibility when he's finished with his residency.
Due to Coach Norman Black's role as SEAG coach, many young Fil-Am players are being wooed to move over here and enroll in Ateneo, to further gain the benefit of his coaching. It's a big perk, and the talent he gets, though they'll have less eligibility years, will definitely be several steps higher than the fresh from HS foreigners other schools like La Salle have been signing up.