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Posted On: 02/19/18 11:47 AM
Six-foot-3 guard Beijan Newbern of Maranatha Christian Academy is averaging 21 points, six rebounds, 2.3 steals, and two assists a game and has D1 schools in contact.
“I have heard from Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota State on a weekly basis,” Newbern said. “I have visited both South Dakota and Nebraska Omaha unofficially. I plan to take another visit to North Dakota State here soon.”
Newbern is scoring his 21 a game making 51 percent of his 16-17 shots a game plus he’s shooting 31 percent at the arc.
“Things that I feel I have improved on and made a major impact with is the way I get others involved,” Newbern said.
“I know that with everything going on an me progressing as a scorer I had to be able to score at all three levels so improving in that aspect was huge, but I take pride in getting my teammates involved.
“I’ve learned and became better at trusting in my team the same as they would do for me. I understand my teammates tendency whether it’s my high school teammates, AAU, or even guys I hoop with at the gym. This helps me know what I must do to get them involved more.”
The Mustangs are 15-7 on the season after splitting last week’s four games in six days. They are in Section 5AA which includes Minneapolis North, Brooklyn Center, Holy Family, Breck, and Rockford as well as MCA.
“I like the way things are shaping up with this team,” Newbern said. “I feel that we’ve played some tough games that will really help us in our tough section. Our losses motivate and motivate us to be better and we constantly push each other in and out of practice like I believe no other team really does.”
The Mustangs now have the conference tournament coming up as well as a game at Blake.
“With the rest of the regular season wrapping up I feel these last few games are crucial,” Newbern said. “Three of our games remaining are section teams and wins could help put us in even a better position than we are in now.
“So I like the position we are in now I feel we are at that turning point. We need a couple more pieces to fall into place.”