Friday, October 9, 2015

Newbill transfers to Penn State

D.J. Newbill is a Nittany Lion.

Newbill transfers to Penn State

Strawberry Mansion grad D.J. Newbill will be playing in Happy Valley in 2012. (Steve Coleman/AP)
Strawberry Mansion grad D.J. Newbill will be playing in Happy Valley in 2012. (Steve Coleman/AP)

D.J. Newbill is a Nittany Lion.

The 6-foot-4 sophomore point guard transferred from Southern Mississippi to Penn State on Friday. The North Philadelphia native was released from his Golden Eagles scholarship four days earlier. He signed his scholarship papers to play for the Nittany Lions on Friday while visiting the State College campus.

“I chose Penn State because of family atmosphere, academics and the Big Ten Conference, man. A lot of exposure,” Newbill said.

According to NCAA rules, he will have to sit out next season before having three seasons of eligibility. However, the Strawberry Mansion High product will be allowed to practice with Penn State next season.

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Newbill averaged 9 points, 6 rebounds and 1.6 assists en route to being named to the Conference USA all-freshman team.

“Penn State is not too far,” said Newbill, who was didn’t like being far away from home. “I can come and get away when I want to focus on me.”

- Keith Pompey

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season will be Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

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