Milt Newton, Vice President of Player Personnel
Milton M. Newton is in his ninth season with the Washington Wizards organization. As the Wizards Vice President of Player Personnel, he is actively involved in the procurement of players through the draft and free agency, heads the scouting department for the franchise, and assists with the management of the salary cap. Newton has been instrumental in the team's rebuilding effort that has added Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack through the 2011 NBA Draft to a core that already featured John Wall, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee, Nick Young, Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin. Newton created Washington's comprehensive scouting database that includes players from the collegiate level and professional ranks encompassing the world. He coordinates the Wizards' pre-draft scouting efforts, as well as facilitates the team's workouts of prospective draftees and player interviews. Milt also serves on the NBA's Undergraduate Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining the Wizards organization, Newton was instrumental in spearheading the creation of the National Basketball Development League. He assisted in the development of league policies and procedures and served as the Director of Player Personnel for three years. In that role, Newton was responsible for the evaluation, recruitment and signing of all players, and assisting the Executive Director in the league's day-to-day basketball operations. In the league's first two years of operation, Newton assisted in the development of 22 players that were promoted from the NBDL to the NBA.
Previously, Newton spent two years as a scout with the Philadelphia 76ers. He was responsible for assessing the talent of college players, advance scouting of other teams and assisted with evaluating and selecting draft choices. In addition, he also served as the Assistant Director for the USA Men's Basketball program from 1995-99. With USA Basketball, Newton coordinated the National Team trials, training camps, exhibition games and team competitions, and served as a liaison for the USA Men's Basketball teams at international competitions. During his five-year tenure with USA Basketball, Newton contributed to the success of Dream Team III at the XXIII Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.
Newton has been equally active in making worldwide charitable contributions. He has been a proud ambassador of the league as a representative of the NBA's Basketball Without Borders delegation that has held clinics and camps to teach the game of basketball in Johannesburg, South Africa and Dakar Senegal. As a participant of Basketball Without Borders, Newton has helped build houses for under privileged locals through Habitat for Humanity and recently distributed protective mosquito nets to help decrease the spread of malaria. In the summer of 2009, Newton hosted four "Show The Love" basketball clinics in his native Virgin Islands to teach fundamental skills to kids ages 8-18 in conjunction with the Virgin Islands Basketball Federation, in which he is a consultant. At home in Washington, DC, Newton volunteers his time speaking and conducting various clinics and has previously served as a mentor for the Greentree Adolescent Program at the National Center for Children and Families. He is also a member of the Frank R. Williams scholarship committee that seeks funding to provide college scholarships for students at his alma mater, Calvin Coolidge Sr. High School.
Newton was a forward/guard for the 1988 University of Kansas National Championship team and played for Larry Brown. He was named to the NCAA Midwest Regional and Final Four All-Tournament teams. After serving as team captain and being selected as the MVP in 1989, Newton played professional in the Continental Basketball Association for the Rockford Lightning and Grand Rapids Hoops. Raised in the Nation's Capital, Newton is an inductee of the Calvin Coolidge Sr. High School Alumni Association.
Newton received his Master of Science in Sports Administration from Kansas in 1992 and his Bachelor of Science in Education from Kansas in 1989. Born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Newton resides in Bowie, MD with his wife, Shalaun, their 8-year-old daughter, Shaniya Adell, and 4-year-old son, Miles Kenneth.