LEWISBURG, Pa. – Paul Newman, a 6’9”, 240-pound center from Philadelphia, has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Bucknell men’s basketball team next season. Newman becomes the third member of the team’s Class of 2021, along with future classmates John Meeks and Jimmy Sotos, who committed to Bucknell during the early signing period in November.

Paul NewmanNewman was a four-year varsity letterman at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, and he has spent the 2016-17 academic year doing a postgraduate year at St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, Rhode Island.

At Roman Catholic, Newman was part of a team that captured two Class AAAA state championships, two Philadelphia Catholic League titles, and four City titles. He helped St. Andrew’s to a 20-8 record this past season, averaging 16.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game.

Newman earned NEPSAC All-New England Honorable Mention this season, and he was ranked as the No. 2 recruit in the state of Rhode Island for the Class of 2017 by New England Recruiting Report. Newman also played AAU basketball with Team Final.

“I am very excited to welcome Paul to the program,” said head coach Nathan Davis. “He is a tremendous fit for Bucknell in terms of what we are trying to do academically and athletically. Paul has a great opportunity to come in and compete with experienced low-post players like Nana Foulland and Zach Thomas, who know what it takes to be successful. Paul comes from high-level high school basketball programs, where he had a chance to compete against top-notch competition on a nightly basis.”    

Newman joins a Bucknell team that finished 26-9 and captured the Patriot League regular-season and tournament titles in 2016-17. The Bison made their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance, falling 86-80 to fourth-seeded West Virginia in the first round. Bucknell must replace three graduating players: guard John Azzinaro, forward/center D.J. MacLeay, and center Ben Oberfeld, who was sidelined due to injury last season.