New­ton sends 3 to col­lege

Hill, Grub and Smith will move up to play bas­ket­ball at the next level

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - SHAKEEM HOLLOWAY shol­loway@cov­news.com

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.

An­to­nio Smith

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.

Shakeem Holloway / The Cov­ing­ton News

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.

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