Newton's boys' basketball season came to a disappointing end last week in the opening round of the Region 2-AAAAA tournament when the Rams fell to Stephenson for the first time in three years. But the naming of three players on the All-Region team will help with speedup the healing.
Senior guard Stephen Croone and senior forward Shane Henry were both named to the All-Region First Team and point guard Justin Thompson was named honorable mention.
Croone led the region in scoring at 20 points per game and he was the runner-up for the region's Player of the Year honor. Croone averaged 3.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game to go with a team-high 2.3 steals.
Henry averaged 10.5 points, 12.2 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game and was voted best big man in the region. He had a triple-double versus M.L. King with 17 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocks.
Thompson averaged 10.5 points per game and a team-high 3.9 assists.
Croone is currently considering several Division 1 options for the fall. Furman University, Wofford College, Northeastern University (Boston), St. Francis (PA, and Alabama State are all interested in signing the athletic guard. He'd be the second straight Newton guard to sign a Division 1 scholarship, following last year's Region 2-AAAAA Player of the Year Derrick Henry who is currently at Winthrop University. Croone was also voted All-Region and All-State last season.
Shane Henry is entertaining offers from Georgia Perimeter College, Middle Georgia College, St. John's River Community College in Florida and Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Alabama. Thompson is entertaining an offer from Oxford College of Emory.