Newsome to Play for Okolona

Jeremy Newsome

Read more about this story in Thursday’s Daily Journal.

Jeremy Newsome is back at Okolona and ready to play basketball.

The 6-foot-7 senior re-enrolled at Okolona High School on Wednesday, and he could play as soon as Friday, when the Chieftains travel to Houston. He practiced with his former teammates Wednesday afternoon.

“With him having the opportunity to do his academics here and basketball, I think that’s one of the reasons he came back,” Okolona Superintendent Hansell Gunn said.

How this will affect Newsome’s lawsuit against the MHSAA is unclear. The MHSAA declared Newsome ineligible to play basketball at Nettleton High, where he transferred in late August after his mother moved there.

Jim Waide, Newsome’s attorney, said he’s not sure now if the lawsuit will go forth. He said it depends on whether Newsome receives an adequate education at Okolona, something the lawsuit claims he did not receive his first 11 years there.

Newsome is the reigning Daily Journal Player of the Year and a Division I prospect. He averaged 24.2 points, 17.4 rebounds and 3.5 blocks last season for Okolona.



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5 responses to “Newsome to Play for Okolona

  1. roastbeef1

    It’s said that someone would transfer to another school just to play basketball which seems like this is all it was. If he was really worried about his “inadequate education”, he would have stayed at Nettleton.

    As for the Division 1 prospect, he could have all the skills in the world, but he obviously doesn’t have the mental capacity to be in a D1 program. I can’t wait to see him playing in the Davis Events Center for Marty Cooper next season!

  2. roastbeef1

    sorry about the typo. I meant to say “sad that someone would transfer……..” not “said”.

  3. charleston11

    The shock is that Okolona allowed him to be on the team. Something is not right about this situation.
    So the truth is that he lives in Okolona? If I was in Okolona’s district, I would check into this.

  4. usmmom

    If he hasn’t had an adequate education in 11 years, what makes them think he can receive that in the next 6 months? Sounds like he just wants to use basketball as an “out” of a sad and pathetic situation. Not all of the blame should be put on the school system. I’m a single mom and I knew exactly what my kids were learning and where their weaknesses were. His education should not have been left entirely in the hands of his teachers. How is he going to be able to function in the real world if he can’t read or write? This is just a sad, pathetic situation.

  5. missstatedawgs

    I have personally known the party involved. This situation is just as it seems. Education plays absolutely no part in it.

    What kind of example does this set?

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