From 2 Giants, Down To 1

The Central Dauphin Rams basketball team saw an amazing year in 2020-2021, with their two headed giants controlling the pace of the game. But now their path has changed and the future is uncertain. Adjustments must be made, but the goal remains the same.

Giant Number 1

Donovan Hill is a senior and poised to lead Central Dauphin back to the top and even further. At 6’8 210 pounds with a 3.0 GPA, the senior leader has already committed to Niagara University, but he has unfinished business in high school. Helping his team end the regular season winning 13 league games (tied for most in school history) and claimed the Mid Penn Commonwealth Title, and eventually the Mid Penn Championship. The senior is coming off a great season making the Mid Penn Commonwealth 2nd Team, the All Stars 2nd Team, and many more accolades behind him. After averaging 11 pts, 7 reb, Hill will be called upon to increase productivity, and bring his competitive nature everyday in practice and games. Donovan has been working all summer for this year, and we wish him luck this season.

Giant Number 2

He’s young, but he’s good and only getting better. Malachi Palmer is not only already a giant, but a monster in the making. The 6’5 195 pounds Sophomore help lead Central Dauphin to their best season in eight years last year as a Freshman, and had huge expectations coming into the 2021 season. He was selected to the Mid Penn Commonwealth 1st team, Mid Penn Commonwealth 1st team All-Stars, and his list goes on and on. The sophomore turned heads in every direction with colleges around the nation offering him a ride to their schools. From Georgetown University to University of Oregon the young guard made his mark early. His abilities didn’t outshine his competitive nature, he fought for his recognition averaging 12 pts, 5 reb, 2 assist a game for the Rams. The sky is the limit for this young man, and there’s a list of accolades waiting for him to claim, but the future is always unpredictable.

The Season

We said the future is unpredictable and we meant it. The Rams were looking very strong coming into the season with their two headed giants leading the way, but one has left the building. Malachi Palmer has decided to take his show on the road. The ESPN 21st best player in the country in his class is now attending Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix Arizona. He will be there with fellow Pennsylvania standout Chance Westry.

It’s never easy to make such a big decision at such a young age, but we respect him and wish him the best of luck. Malachi was quoted as saying.“It was super-tough (to leave Central Dauphin),” he added. “That was probably the hardest part of the decision — leaving my team, friends and my brothers. But, I’m super-excited to measure up and see how good I am against some of the other top high school players in the country.”

We still believe Central Dauphin will have what it takes to continue to open eyes in the Mid Penn Division, but Donovan Hill will need some help and this is the perfect time for someone waiting in the shadows to step up. Who will help the Rams repeat, and go a step further. Only time will tell, but we can’t wait to see what the season holds.

Check out what these two up and coming stars had to say about themselves, and their future in our My Story video. And feel free to subscribe to our Youtube page for more content.