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Douglass High doesn’t have the height advantage of last year’s team that advanced all the way to the Class B boys’ basketball state quarterfinals. But 6-4 senior forward Dennis Hogan is doing his best to pick up the slack.
“We’re a lot smaller compared to last season, but I’m proud of my guys,” Hogan said. “For being so little, we’ve been doing a good job.”
As the Hurricanes’ main inside threat, Hogan is the Detroit Public School League’s Proud Strong Learner of the Week after scoring 11 points with 13 rebounds and 10 points with 15 rebounds in a pair of victories against Bridgman and Benton Harbor during the holiday break.
“There’s not many players in the state who can say they play any harder than him,” Coach Nkwane Young said of the left-hander who opened the league season by scoring 20 points with 14 rebounds in a 59-57 victory over defending PSL champion Pershing.
“This year, we’re asking him to do a lot of things. He’s starting to handle the ball more. He’s the type of kid that will do whatever it takes for us to win.”
A three-year starter, Hogan says his game has continuously blossomed since his first season on the varsity.
“My first season, my game was mostly post moves but I’ve extended my game to include jump shots,” Hogan said. “I’m the leader of the team so I just try to put my guys in a position to win.
“Last year’s success did a lot to put us on the map and beating Pershing to start this year did a lot for our confidence. My goal for this year is help take us little farther.”
Hogan’s 3.4 grade point average and his basketball talents have him in position to play at the next level.
“I want to play college basketball and get a degree in Marine Biology,” he said. “Right now, I don’t know where I’ll be going. But getting a college scholarship is what I’m working towards.”