Posted On: 07/18/19 8:25 PM

Braden River earned a rugged forward in D’Angelo Antonino when he arrived from Texas last summer.

The 6’3″, 200-pounder averaged 12.9 PPG and 6.0 RPG for the Pirates as a junior. He made the move down to the Sunshine State from Texas McNeil. Antonino had 16 games with double digits including four in the 20 plus range which featured a season-best 24 points on 12-of-14 shooting in the second game of the season against Southeast.

“This past season went pretty well. We went 16-9 until getting upset by Palmetto in districts. I saw my most growth becoming more of a true post player then I’ve had in seasons before,” Antonino told Prep Hoops. “I was able to develop my game more in putting my back to the basket, running the transition and the mid-range jumper, rather than being used to playing more of the wing.”

He says his team is young but he likes the energy.

“Our chemistry will come together by season’s time to become one of the most exciting teams in the area,” Antonino said.

No offers have come yet for the rising senior, but he says he’s drawn interest Division III programs Northern Vermont Lyndon and Regis College. He says they like how he can play position-less basketball.

This summer, Antonino suited up for 941 Elite.

“It was my first year with the team since I moved to Florida from Austin,” he said. “It was cool to play with some of the top players on our high school schedule.”

Starting his basketball life at the age of 5, Antonino says he realized during his sophomore year that basketball was his main focus over the likes of baseball and football.

He pointed to his ability to play and defend the 2-5, post down low and take someone off the dribble as his top strengths. He wants to continue to get stronger, become a better defender and improve his ballhandling further.

Antonino is a hard worker who flew under the radar this past season. But now that he proved himself in Bradenton, I expect him to continue to stand out and make noise. Division III and NAIA colleges should be all over this kid. Being tough and a true team player is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Photo credit: Will Turner Productions