UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Philadelphia native D.J. Newbill, a freshman starter at Southern Mississippi last season, officially completed transfer paper work and attended his first day of classes Monday at Penn State. Newbill, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound guard, will join coach Patrick Chambers’ Nittany Lion basketball program with three years of eligibility remaining and will sit out the 2011-12 season under NCAA transfer rules.
“D.J. will make an immediate impact on our program with his toughness, basketball IQ and work ethic,” Chambers said. “It’s great to get a Philadelphia kid that is passionate about Penn State basketball and wants to be here. We are very confident he will show that a Philadelphia player can have great success and an outstanding career at Penn State.”
Newbill was a standout performer at Strawberry Mansion High in Philadelphia before playing his freshman season at Southern Miss in 2010-11. Newbill ranked third on the Golden Eagles posting 9.2 points and second with 6.2 rebounds a game for a veteran squad that posted a 22-10 mark. He started all 32 games, playing 30.5 minutes per game while shooting 53.5 percent from the floor to earn Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors.
Newbill recorded six double-doubles and led Southern Miss in rebounding 11 times, including a season-high 16 boards to go with 15 points in a 64-51 win at UTEP in mid-February. He led the team in scoring once, notching 14 points in a 67-61 loss at Memphis, and posted 15 double-digit scoring outings, including a season-high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting and nine rebounds in an 86-69 victory against UCF. His 126 trips to the free-throw line ranked second on the team and fifth among freshman in the NCAA last year.