BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Former University of Tennessee at Martin standout Jared Newson will be spotlighted at the Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Championship as the league will honor institutional basketball legends for the fourth year in a row.
Newson joins Heather Butler (2015), Lester Hudson (2016) and Jasmine Newsome (2017) as past Skyhawks who have been crowned by the OVC as basketball legends.
A Belleville, Ill. native, Newson played for the Skyhawks from 2003-06 and was inducted into the UT Martin Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014. Despite the fact that he only played three seasons in a Skyhawk uniform, he graduated as the program’s third all-time leading scorer. The 6-5, 215-pound forward averaged 16.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 assists over 83 career games. He boasted 29 games of at least 20 points and compiled 13 double-doubles over his storied career.
Newson was a two-time All-OVC performer, earning first team honors as a senior and third team accolades as a sophomore. His 18.8 points per game in 2005-06 ranked second in the OVC as he upped that scoring average to 19.3 points per outing in conference play. He also ranked fifth in the league in rebounding (6.6 per game), fifth in steals (1.7 per game), eighth in minutes played (35.0 per game), ninth in field goal percentage (.453) and 10th in free throw percentage (.709) during his remarkable senior campaign.
A high-flyer who was known for his highlight-reel dunks, Newson still ranks in the top-10 in UT Martin history in free throws attempted (526, second), free throws made (378, third), points (1,347, sixth), steals (128, seventh), field goals made (452, eighth) and rebounds (535, eighth). He was a three-time OVC Player of the Week during his senior season and won OVC Newcomer of the Week honors twice as a sophomore.
Newson’s immense professional career is still ongoing, as he has played for CEP Lorient in France since 2016. He played with the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA preseason in 2007 and also spent the 2009-10 season in the NBA Developmental League. He has also played in Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Poland and Puerto Rico over 12 successful pro seasons.
For the first time ever, the OVC Basketball Championship will be held in downtown Evansville, Ind. in 2018. The tournament will take place at the Ford Center on Feb. 28 through March 3. Newson – along with the other 11 OVC legends – will be recognized through signage, PA announcements and a game program feature story during the event.