The Big Stage

Some argue that traveling outside of your own backyard to hoop, can help your program develop an identity and frankly, can you compete against teams you are not familiar with?  That was the case for the Newton Boy’s basketball team who traveled to Westwego, Louisiana to take on teams from across the country, during the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic on January 6-8, 2022.  The Rams didn’t disappoint, going 4-0 during the showcase against teams from Texas, Florida, Arizona, and Louisiana. 2023 Jakai Newton was special.  The 6’3 CG was named Tournament MVP.  He displayed confidence and determination, while staying humble and even-keeled.  He’s just a special talent that we truly love what he brings to the table.  From seeing him a a freshman learning the rigors of GA Varsity Hoops, to his AAU breakout season this past summer with Atlanta XPress, to now starting on the #1 team in the State of GA.  This young man can go.

But you don’t win championships alone.  Jakai has plenty of help in 6’6 G Stephon Castle.  Talk about a great shoulder to lean on. Castle is currently the top prospect in the class of 2023 for GA.  He possesses skills you just don’t see too often on the high school stage.  At 6’6, he shows the ability to truly be a leader on the court while running the PG position.  He has an excellent shot from mid range to beyond the arc and he can get to the rack and bully ball his way for buckets.  Stephon will be a Professional basketball player because of his willingness to alter his game and adapt to any situation that opponents throw at him.  The supporting cast for Newton is special.  As head coach Charlemagne Gibbons mentioned, on any given night, a different player can put us on their back.  From 2023 Georgia commit Qua Brown, to 2023 Marcus Whitlock, or 2022’s Mio Grant and Daniel Pounds, the Newton Basketball teams has options to choose from. 
Congratulations to Coach Gibbs’ and his coaching staff, who do one of the best jobs preparing their kids to play the game the right way.  ‘Preciate you for allowing us to come along for the ride. 

The Newton Rams (Covington,GA) went 4-0 during the All State Sugar Bowl Classic in Westwego, LA. 2023 Indiana commit Jakai Newton (#0) was named Touney MVP. PopscoutHoops

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