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The midseason arrival of Mark Anthony Buright last year served to make an already good Douglass High basketball team even better.
“He became eligible in the second half of the season and he was the main reason we went far in the (Class B state tournament),” Douglass coach Nkwane Young said of his 5-10 senior guard, the Detroit Public School League’s Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “He gives us another guard who can break people down and that’s made a big difference.”
Buright, a transfer from Bloomfield Hills Lahser, has become a premium player for the Hurricanes as evidenced by his 25-point outburst in Tuesday’s 82-68 victory against Pershing in the PSL “Big D” boys’ basketball tournament.
For the season, Buright is averaging 15.8 points and 3.4 assists per game and has loomed large in Douglass posting a 14-2 overall and 9-2 league record entering its Big D quarterfinal game Friday at 4 p.m. against King.
Buright speaks optimistically about his team’s chances of winning the PSL championship and he doesn’t count out winning the state tournament.
“Last year, we made it to the quarterfinals and we were devastated that we didn’t go farther,” he said. “We’re going to try to go all the way this year and with all of our seniors, I think we can do it.”
Douglass’ tournament journey will largely depend on how Buright handles his role. “I’m the playmaker,” he said. “I make sure we play together as a team.”
With a 3.0 grade point average, Buright says Douglass has proven to be an ideal place for him to maintain his focus on academics and basketball.
“There are no girls here, so it’s easier for me to get my work done, and we’ve also got a good basketball program,” he said. “My plan is to get a scholarship to play college basketball and then I want to go into sports management or be an athletic trainer.”
His coach doesn’t have any doubt about Buright’s ability to play in college.
“He’s one of the better combo guards in the state. He makes things happen for us,” Young said. “He will definitely play at the next level.”
As if he needed added motivation, Buright said being named PSLer of Week drives him even more to lead his team. “I’m very happy to have that award,” he said. “I’m going to keep working hard to get my team to where it’s supposed to be, and that’s all the way to the top.”