If you run down the list of Accomplishment for Coach Rick Rusmussen and the Newton High Rams,in the last 4 years its mind blowing, and having the likes of JD Notae – Jacksonville (Atlantic Sun – Freshman of the Year) Isaiah Miller – UNC Greensboro (ESPN Frequent Flyer) and recent Newton star Ashton Hagans – Kentucky (Mr. Basketball in Georgia) come through doesn’t hurt either. So where does Newton go from here after winning 3 straight region championships, 2 Final Four appearances and 2 Elite 8, whats next. Newton will return 3 starters Armani Harris, Jimmy “Tre” Clark and Tyrease Brown, add Stephenson transfer Junior Shyear Mouzon who has a offer from Alabama State, they could be battling Grayson for another region championship. Harris (6’6) enjoyed a great summer with the Atlanta Celtics, the combo forward does damage inside and out and has one thing as a coach you can’t teach is a motor. His game continue to steady improve and will be a key piece in the cog. Clark (6’3) One of the better unsung guards in the state, can score in bunch, on the perimeter, drive, and has some bounce to his step, along with the defense he makes life tough for opposing guards on a daily.Brown (5’11) If Harris and Clark are important, Brown has a chance to take this group to another level his ability to shoot the basketball will keep defenses honest and not allow them to double Harris on the block, ask ELCA who got hit by Brown for 45 in a scrimmage, if Brown can score by mixing his game up and putting it on the floor, the Rams will be a tough out come February.
Jimmy “Tre” Clark