Jordan Newby is coming off of a successful junior season on the court and has enjoyed success on the gridiron in his first season playing football.
The 6-foot-5 athletic senior, who is the second-best 2016 basketball prospect in Topeka, has been playing wide receiver for Topeka West hauling in 41 passes for 521 yards and six touchdowns through six games.
“It’s a way different game than basketball,” Newby said. “It’s a lot of fun, the guys are great. It feels good. I feel like I’m doing pretty decent for my first season, but there’s always room for improvement.”
Newby racked up 154 yards and two touchdowns against KC Wyandotte in his debut and is coming off another impressive performance last game against Hayden catching 14 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.
“It feels great to be targeted a lot,” Newby said. “It just lets me know that my quarterback trusts me a lot so that’s good.”
Although football is keeping him busy, he’s still in the gym working on his game. After football practice Newby goes to the gym about three or four days a week and shoots with the guys on the basketball team to put up as many shots as he can.
The basketball season begins in less than two months and Newby likes what he sees from the team.
“I just see everybody getting better in the weight room and in open gym,” Newby said. “I’m expecting a lot out of this year’s team.”
Newby averaged 13.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 1.2 steals as a junior and had a good second half averaging 16.9 points over the final 10 games. He’s hoping to carry that momentum into his senior year.
“I feel like the game is starting to slow down a lot for me,” Newby said. “It’s coming a lot more natural and I’m just feeling a little better. I’m not as anxious as I was last year playing.”
Newby is the leader of the Chargers and it’s a role he’s comfortable with.
“I just want to see everybody do much better,” Newby said. “I’ve kind of been there like being an underclassman playing up. Taking a leadership role feels really good and it feels good to motivate guys. I want them to do better as well as myself.”
Last weekend Newby participated in the Kansas Senior Showcase in Bel Aire with about 100 other players.
“It was great,” he said. “It was nice little competition. It felt good to get back on the floor and there were some great guys that I played with and great guys that coached us. A lot of smiling faces.”
Newby enjoyed the experience although he was a bit rusty.
“I feel like I’m not really in season form because football takes up a lot of my time now, but the only thing I felt like I was lacking was that my shot was off a little bit,” Newby said. “I’ll get it good by the season.”