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Duo from Peoria, Illinois to Play for NCMC 


June 4, 2013 

Two student/athletes from Peoria, Illinois have signed letters of intent to attend and play basketball at North Central Missouri College in Trenton this fall.  They are Blake Johnson, a graduate of Peoria High School, and Xavier Newson, a graduate of Richwoods High School.

Johnson, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Johnson, is a 6’1” guard.  A member of the Letterman Club and the Honor Roll, he averaged 15 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals per game during his senior year.  He was named to the All-Conference 1st Team, six All-Tournament Teams, the All-Area Team, and All-State Honorable Mention.  While his major field of study is undecided, Blake Johnson intends to earn an Associate Degree from NCMC and then transfer to a four-year university.

Xavier Newson, a forward, is the son of Renetta Watson and Tyson Newson.  At 6’4” and 225 pounds, Xavier will have a strong presence on the floor.  Head Basketball Coach Steve Richman commented, “Xavier will add size and strength to our lineup.  He is a great rebounder and finisher around the basket.”  Newson had a game average of 16 points and 8 rebounds during his senior year.  A member of the All-Conference 1st Team and the All-Area 2nd Team, he also received the Joel Gatsby Award.  At NCMC, Xavier Newson will major in physical education with a goal of a four-year degree.

Richman remarked, “Both these players are great additions to the ‘13-14 Pirates basketball team.  Blake will add depth at the guard position as shooting and quickness are his strengths, and Xavier will be a strong man for us.”  Previously-announced signees are Jory Woodson (Rockwood Summit in Fenton), Tyrell Thirkield (Higginsville), Andrew Berry (Columbia-Hickman), and Dalton Lundy (Oak Park).


Attached pictures:  Blake Johnson with Head Pirates Coach Steve Richman, and Xavier Newson with his mother, Renetta Watson, and Coach Richman.