Last season was Josh Newkirk’s second season at Indiana, but it was his first season suiting up for the Hoosiers. Newkirk’s first season at Indiana had its ups and downs, however, Newkirk was much improved during conference play.
Having a good point guard is essential for a team to be successful. Coach Miller is looking for his point guards to balance great tempo with quality decision making when they’re running the show.
Miller mentioned that Robert Johnson, Devonte Green, and Al Durham could all see time running the offense, but for now Newkirk has established himself as the teams floor general. “Josh has clearly established himself as a clearcut point guard. I think that everybody else on our team can play a couple spots, but I think Josh is primarily a point guard,” Miller said.
Archie Miller was a point guard at NC State from 1998-2002, so obviously he knows what it takes to run a team at a high level. “It relates a lot because he can actually get out there and show us different things and show us how he wants stuff done,” said Newkirk. “He’s real interactive with us on the court, and that means a lot. He played at the college level, so he can teach us a lot.”
Newkirk feels he can do a better job of setting his teammates up for success this season. “I think just being more of a vocal leader, putting guys in the right position to succeed, and just taking care of the ball,” said Newkirk. “We had a lot of turnovers last year, so just making the right decisions and making the right plays.”
Newkirk believes that a defensive first mentality will be a big step in the right direction for the Hoosiers. “I think just the mindset, just putting defense first, just the little things, just having the mindset that nobody’s going to score. We’re going to be in the right position, the right gaps, the right everything. That’s the main thing,” said Newkirk.