, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound guard from Booker T. Washington (Memphis, Tenn.)
, committed to Mississippi on Thursday, according to club coach DuJuan Taylor.
"Mississippi saw him play last year when everybody else wasn't quite sure about what kind of talent he was," Taylor said. "Mississippi made it clear he was who they wanted and he was their No. 1 recruit."
Newby had a huge junior season at Booker T. Washington, averaging 22.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.7 steals per game while leading the Warriors to a 21-6 record. His rise continued over the summer with Memphis YOMCA, a team that included Top 100 forwards Shaq Goodwin
and Jarnell Stokes
"Early in the season, it was a little bit of an adjustment for him and he probably deferred a little bit too much to his teammates," Taylor said. "Once he realized he was one of the focal points, he did everything we asked him to and was able to show he was one of the top guards in the country."
With Newby playing a lead role in the backcourt, YOMCA went 50-6 during summer play with an appearance in the nationally-televised final of the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam in South Carolina.
Newby is also a promising football prospect, playing linebacker and tight end as a junior at BTW. According to Taylor, it's unclear whether he will continue his career on the gridiron.
"We haven't decided," Taylor said. "We need to sit down with the coaches at Mississippi and see how they feel about it."
Newby is Mississippi's first 2012 commitment.