Newton sends 3 to college
Hill, Grub and Smith will move up to play basketball at the next level
Newton basketball will lose three of its best players this year to college as D.J. Hill, Antonio Smith and Donovan Grubb all signed letters of intent to play at the next level. Hill will play at the University of Mobile while Grubb and Smith grind it out together at West Georgia Tech.
The Rams made the elite eight this past season, and couldn’t have gotten that far if not for the contributions of Hill, Smith and Grubb.
Smith is a bit of a late bloomer. He started playing basketball his sophomore year because he says he was afraid to try out his freshman year. Smith didn’t make the team in his sophomore season, so he took it upon himself to work harder.
Smith made the JV team his junior year and worked harder over the summer to make varsity his senior year, where he assumed a starting role on the team. He led the team in blocked shots and dunks. Rams’ head coach Rick Rasmussen says he’s a nice kid and a great rim protector. He thinks Antonio will be one of the best big men in the region at West Georgia Tech right away.
Of Newton’s six-senior class, three signed letters of intent to play basketball at the next level this past week. Donovan Grubb (West Georgia Tech), Antonio Smith (West Georgia Tech) and D.J. Hill (University of Mobile) will continue their careers in college with a free education.