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East County Athlete of the Week: D'Angelo Antonino

The Braden River junior talks the challenges of moving and his best skill

D'Angelo Antonino
D'Angelo Antonino
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D'Angelo Antonino is a 6-foot-3 junior forward on the Braden River High boys basketball team. Antonino had 21 points and seven rebounds in the Pirates' 51-44 home win against Riverview High on Jan. 23. 

When did you start playing basketball?

When I was 4. My parents (Joe and Allynda Antonino) had me playing right away. I played a bunch of sports, but basketball was my main one, and baseball was my secondary one. 

What is the appeal to you?

I just love the game. I have always played it, it's a family sport, and I want to keep playing it in college. 

What is your best skill?

Finishing and being a leader. I want everyone to be involved all the time. I bring people's heads up when we are down. 

What is your favorite memory?

My freshman year, I played at Bandera High in Bandera, Texas. (Antonino moved to Lakewood Ranch prior to this school year.) I got called up to the varsity team, and my first game I dropped 20 points. That was awesome. 

What has been your biggest challenge?

My family has moved around a lot. We actually lived here when I was 3 but moved back to Texas, and we moved around within Texas, too. It makes it hard to help build a program. That is why I am glad I can be at Braden River next year, too, to help build things. 

What is your favorite TV show?

ESPN's "SportsNation." Michelle Beadle, the (former) host, is a (San Antonio) Spurs fan like me. She is my celebrity crush. 

What is your dream vacation?

Somewhere in California, probably Los Angeles. I love beaches and I like extravagant things. I just love that area. 

What is your biggest fear?

Knock on wood, but injuries. Not being able to play the game I love anymore. 

What is the best advice you have received?

Always keep your head high. Be a team player. Colleges see everything you do, not just your stats. 

Finish this sentence: "D'Angelo Antonino is ... "

... A leader. Someone who will always be there for his team during the highs and lows. 



Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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