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Proviso West All-Star Hoopsters Will Continue To Play in College

Four Proviso West senior boys’ basketball players will continue their hooping careers in college next season.

Robert Covington, who was offered 12 NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division 1 scholarships, has signed on to play at Tennessee State University. The six-foot, seven-inch forward was named West Suburban Conference Player of the Year and was an All-Area selection in the Chicago Sun-Times Newspaper.  He was also nominated to play in three All-star games.  Covington has led the Panthers to victory time and time again. He averages 17 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks per game. Now he’s taking a full scholarship and his basketball success to Tennessee.

“All this is amazing,” said Covington. “I never saw myself being the athlete that I am today. My mom and dad always told me that without school I couldn’t play. So it wasn’t all about basketball. I had to keep my grades up too.”

His mother, Teresa Bryant agreed.

“I’m proud of him,” she said. “What can I say? I’m proud of my child. He’s a good kid. As a parent, I’m about grades first. Basketball was a plus.”

Other PW Panthers are also continuing their hooping careers while pursuing higher education.

Six-foot, one-inch guard Tremel Owens will be a member of the Lewis University basketball team next year. Owens earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Saint Charles Thanksgiving Tournament and second team honors at the Proviso West Christmas Tournament.

A pair of Panthers, Dionta Moore and Jeff Jackson, will also be teammates next year at Morton College. Moore, a six-foot, five-inch forward, was an All-West Suburban Conference selection and led Proviso West in steals. Jackson, a six-foot, four-inch forward, was a three year varsity player and helped lead the Panthers to a 21-7 record and West Suburban Conference Silver Division Championship.

“These students exemplify the best of both worlds,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “They are scholars, and they are athletes. I am so proud of their excellence, and how they represent themselves, their schools, their families, and our district.”

Congratulations Panthers! We are so proud of you!

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