Newbill excelled during a challenging first season on the floor for Penn State as he unexpectedly lost his mother to cancer weeks before the season began and then was thrust into the role of point guard in the fourth game. He went on to lead the Lions in scoring and assists and became an indispensible leader on and off the floor along the way. One of the top returning scorers in the Big Ten, having finished fourth (16.3) in 2012-13, he will enter his junior season with nearly 800 career points, 11 20-point games and 41 career double-digit scoring outings and a chance to join the list of Penn State's 1,000-point scorers. An honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection last year and a former PIAA Class AA Player of the Year out of Philadelphia, Newbill is a strong driver with the ability to finish with authority over opponents and a knack for getting to the foul line. One of the team's top rebounders and defenders, he is a tenacious competitor who will be at the nucleus of one of the strongest backcourts in the Big Ten.
"D.J. is what I describe as a `Philly guard.' He's tough, gritty and loves to play! He is a weapon and will open up the floor for everyone. He also brings a toughness that we haven't seen in a while. He's the kind of guy you want to go into battle with."
- Patrick Chambers
Thrust into the role of point-guard after an early season injury to Tim Frazier, Newbill led Penn State in scoring (16.3) and assists (4.0) and was second in rebounding (5.0) and steals (1.2)...team captain in his first season on the floor...honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection...ranked fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (16.4) and assists (4.1) in conference games...teamed with Jermaine Marshall to form the second highest scoring tandem in Big Ten games (32.6)...became the 17th Lion to score 500 points (504) in a season...second in the Big Ten in minutes played (36.5) and third in free throw attempts (196) and 20-point games (10) in the regular season, including six 20-point games in Big Ten play...led the Lions in scoring in 13 games and posted double-digits in 28 of 31 games, including a career-best 15 straight to end the season...shot 12-of-26 (46.2%) from three while scoring 17.6 ppg over the final eight games...earned the No. 4 spot on ESPN Sportcenter's plays of the day with a monstrous dunk over Wisconsin's Jared Berggren...posted a career high 27 points to go with six assists on 8-of-12 shooting vs. Michigan State (1/16)...had 26 points on a career high three treys (3-5) and eight rebounds vs. Iowa (2/14)...had 22 points and five assists in a 63-60 loss to No. 22 Wisconsin (3/10)...led Penn State with 18 points, including a big jumper with 1:33 to play, in a road win at Northwestern (3/7)...had a career high tying seven assists to go with 17 points vs. Purdue (2/5)...has 15 points, six assists and just one turnover in 39 minutes vs. Aaron Craft and Ohio State (1/26)...went a career best 12-of-16 at the foul line for 23 points and added 12 rebounds for his first double-double at Penn State in a win over Duquesne (12/29)...posted a career high seven assists to go with 10 points in a win over Bucknell (11/23) and his first career start at point guard...went 9-of-10 at the foul line for 16 points in his first Penn State game, a win over St. Francis (11/9)... suffered the sudden loss of his mother, Tawanda Roach, to cancer in September.
A redshirt season under NCAA transfer guidelines, Newbill earned the team's Unsung Hero Award due to his terrific attitude, work ethic and outstanding play in practice...injured his left shoulder during the first week of practice and was out of action for nearly two months as he rehabilitated...returned to full participation in practice in January and regularly excelled, playing aggressive defense, rebounding and showing the ability to knock down tough jump shots and score in traffic...transferred to Penn State from Southern Mississippi in August.
2010-11 FRESHMAN SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
Newbill ranked third on the Golden Eagle team posting 9.2 ppg and second with 6.2 rpg for a veteran squad that posted a 22-10 mark...started all 32 contests, playing 30.5 minutes per game while shooting 53.5 percent from the floor to earn Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors...recorded six double-doubles and led Southern Miss in rebounding 11 times on the season, including a season high 16 boards to go with 15 points in a 64-51 win at UTEP in mid-February...led the team in scoring once, posting 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 boards in an 86-69 win over UCF...his 126 trips to the free throw line ranked second on the team and fifth among freshmen in the NCAA.
Newbill was a standout at Strawberry Mansion High in Philadelphia before playing his freshman season at Southern Mississippi in 2010-11...helped a Mansion team, led by coach Stan Laws, to the 2010 PIAA state championship game at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center and was named the Pennsylvania Class AA Player-of-the-Year after posting 24.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game in his senior season...a first-team all-state selection by the Philadelphia Daily News...a McDonald's All-America candidate...named the Public League Player-of-the-Year and first -team all-city and All-Public League...Mansion posted a 28-2 record in his senior campaign and reached the state title game for the second time in three years...scored 15 points in the 2010 championship game...a two-year letterman for the Knights...senior campaign was highlighted by a school-record 64-point performance in a victory over Saul...went 23-of-30 from the field and 16-of-17 at the foul line to post the sixth-highest point total in Philadelphia Public League history...averaged 19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals as a junior and was named second-team all-state and second-team All-Public League.
The son of Tawanda Roach...his mother passed away on September 15, 2012 after a short battle with cancer...born May 22, 1992 in Philadelphia, Pa....full name is Devonte Jerrell Newbill...has two brothers, Dominic and Dante, and a sister, Diamond...Grandmother is Mattie Roach.