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Newton's Juwan Johnson commits to West Georgia Tech
Juwan Johnson's athleticism benefited the Newton Rams in their second straight region crown and Class AAAAAAA semifinals finish. - photo by Anthony Banks

COVINGTON, Ga. — Juwan Johnson wasn’t a headliner for the  2017-18 Newton Rams basketball team that advanced to the Class AAAAAAA Final Four. 

He was an occasional starter and core member of the bench who averaged six points and four rebounds per game as a senior. His high-water mark in his high school basketball career was a 19-point performance against Shiloh this past season. 

But West Georgia Tech saw enough of the 6-foot-3 wing player to offer him a scholarship, and Johnson committed to the LaGrange, GA school this past weekend. 

“We are very proud of Juwan, and all he’s accomplished this year,” said Newton boys basketball coach Rick Rasmussen. He really improved his senior year for us.” 

Johnson played just on year on varsity, but was often a spark plug for the Rams during its repeat Region 8-AAAAAAA championship run and state semifinals appearance. A two-year institution, WGTC competes in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association conference. 

And Rasmussen believes it to be a place where Johnson can learn and grow even further. 

“West Georgia Tech is a great fit for him, because they like to get up and down the court, and that will allow Juwan to use his athleticism and play his best,” he said. “We’re very excited for him.”