After taking every option into consideration, Newton's Rashard Cabane decided that Middle Georgia State College in Cochran is where he belongs. Beside's Middle Georgia, currently a junior college school, Cabane also had offers from South Georgia Technical College and Thomas University. One thing that made the two-year school standout is that by the time Cabane finishes his second year Middle Georgia will be a four-year program.
"MGC will play a JUCO schedule for the next two seasons as they have in the past and then they are transitioning to a four-year school. So Rashard will have the option to stay and play there for four years and get his degree," Newton head coach Rick Rasmussen said. "Next season Rashard will play head-to-head with former 2012 grad Ram Shane Henry when (Georgia Perimeter College) plays MGC.
"He's a great player and a great asset to the school and he always plays extreme. He's always been a good student and I'm proud of his accomplishments."
What Middle Georgia head coach Scott Moe liked about Cabane were the intangibles he provides. This season, Cabane set a Newton record taking 67 charges. He also named to the All-Region 2-AAAAAA first team, Citizen All-Area first team as well as being named Newton's MVP averaging 12 points and seven rebounds per game.
"He's the kind of kid we want at our school," Moe said.
Sitting in the front row with Cabane on his signing day are his mother, Yolanda Dauphin and Moe. Standing are, from left, Rasmussen, assistant coach Bill Dolan, his father Christopher Cabane, principal Craig Lockhart, athletic director Tracey Curtis and assistant principal John Ellenberg.
"I really liked the assistant coach. He told us how things are and never made anything up. I'll be able to be comfortable with that environment," Cabane, the future Knight said. "They have a very good program and they wanted people that played with heart."