Estelle signs with Brewton-Parker
by LAVONTE YOUNG
Keonta Estelle signed a basketball scholarship with Brewton-Parker Monday.
Keonta Estelle signed a basketball scholarship with Brewton-Parker in Newnan, Ga., on Tuesday morning in the Childersburg High School library.

“Brewton-Parker head coach Jarvis Smith sat me down and said that he liked the way I played,” Estelle said. “ He didn’t talk about my height, he just talked about the way I played and I liked that. He really cares about my game instead of my height.”

Estelle is small in stature, but he has a big time game. The 5-foot-5 inch, 125-pound floor general for the Tigers averaged nine points and five assists per game as a senior.

“They offered him and they are a NAIA school,” Childersburg head coach Al Barnett said. “They have a good program, so we are real happy for him. Keonta, pound for pound, is one of the toughest kids that I have ever had. He probably doesn’t weigh but 120 pounds, but he was tough and not afraid of contact. He had some good leadership skills too.”

Estelle started over 70 games for the Tigers in the last two seasons. He played a huge role in leading Childersburg to the Regional finals in 2012.

“He started every game as a junior and senior year for us, Barnett said. ”He always led us in assists; most of the time he led us in steals. He was a good half court defender, he was a good defender in the press and he was a very coachable kid. He would pick up things very quick, he would always look over to the sideline to see what he needed to call offensively. He always had a good floor game. He took care of the basketball and he was real consistent. He could knock down a three when you needed him to. His best thing was penetrating and dishing to the open guy. We are expecting him to be successful at the college level. Coach Smith was real pleased to have him. We are excited for him and his family.”

After the season, Estelle didn’t believe that he was going to get a chance to play at the next level until he was invited to a tryout at Brewton-Parker.

“During the season he was looking at me,” he said. “Then, I went up there for a tryout recently and he told me that he wanted me to play.”

Brewton-Parker head coach Jarvis Smith said he was impressed with Estelle’s work out and he believes that starting with their Junior Varsity team will prove to be very beneficial.  

“We have two programs here at Brewton-Parker,” Smith said. We have a JV (junior varsity) as well as the Varsity program. The JV program is to develop some guys that we believe are a year or so away from being able to make an impact and help our varsity program out. He came and had a good work out. He is a feisty little joker. He is a hard nose, hard working kid and when you see that it is kind of hard to turn your head.”

Smith believes that Estelle has the potential to be a very good point guard for the Barons in the years to come.

“In the next few years I think he can be a really good floor leader,” Smith said. ”He is very heady, he knows the game. Like I told him, it is something that he needs to work and develop on, because of his size. He needs to learn how to take advantage of his size and strengthen his game in other areas. His first year coming in, we are going to put him with the JV team. He will probably have the opportunity to dress varsity as well and kind of bring him along.”

Estelle is the third player from Childersburg’s basketball program to sign a scholarship to play on the next level (Tyrell Garrett and Deda Bradley). He thanks his family as well as his coaches for making this opportunity possible.

“First of all I would like to thank my dad Andre Swain,” Estelle said. “I would to thank all of my high school coaches.”
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