Pierre Newton excelled as a team-leader during the 2015-16 and looks to continue this trait as a professional.
Newton earned an All-NSIC First Team selection after finishing senior campaign averaging 20.5 points, the second-best in the NSIC and led UMD with 6.9 rebounds per game, good for eighth-best in the league. The versatile swingman also shot 47.4 percent on the season including 37.0 percent from three-point range. Newton's 198 free throws made (on 233 attempts) were a Bulldog single season high with his 85.0 percent.
As Pierre Newton prepares for his first season in professional basketball, we look back on his college career while staying focused on growing this offseason.
Looking back on your college career at the University of Minnesota Duluth, how did you change as a person and player through that experience?
As a player University of Minnesota Duluth transformed me into a smarter more cerebral player. I came to University of Minnesota Duluth with instincts and talent and left a smarter player. As a person I learned to adapt to many situations. For instance I adapted to weather conditions. Coming from Arizona where the weather is hot and going to extreme cold conditions shows how adaptable I am to different situations.
What are you most proud of during your time at UMD?
I am most proud of graduating and leaving University of Minnesota Duluth with my degree. I’m also most proud of how my teammates and my recruiting class because we changed the outlook of UMD basketball on and off the court.
For those not familiar with your game, can you break down the scouting report on Pierre Newton?
All around guard I can play positions 1-3 and 4 in some situations. Attacking the rim and finishing in creative ways through contact I do very well. I rebound and attack the glass with vengeance and love applying pressure high intensity defense. I shoot the 3 ball effectively and love getting my teammates involved.
What are your strengths as a player and where would you like to grow your game this offseason?
Strengths are driving to the rim, grabbing a rebound and pushing the ball high paced making good decisions and, doing whatever it takes to put my team in position to win. This offseason I have been working on my handle and working on ball screen situations. Also, extending my three point range catch and shoot and off the dribble.
What is your summer training approach -- where are you training, who are training with and what is your training schedule?
I am training with one of my former coaches in Arizona by the name of Kyle Schwan. We train Monday – Friday with other college players, NBA and, overseas players. We work on ball handling, shooting and in – game decision-making. I usually run 2-3 miles a day for cardio and weight lift everyday. I try to make sure I’m eating healthy and getting optimal amount of vitamins.
What are you looking forward to the most when you think about playing professionally this upcoming season.
I’m looking forward to coming in and working my tail off. I want to provide my team with heart and intensity every single day. I’m looking forward to doing my job on and off the court and adapting to a new country. Also, building camaraderie with fans and my teammates.
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