In a sophomore-laden starting lineup, Douglass High 6-2 guard Darrell Davis has distinguished himself as the Hurricanes’ go-to guy during their surge in the Class B state basketball tournament.
“He’s a very gifted player who can do a lot of things with the ball,’’ Douglass coach Nkwane Young said of Davis, the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
He’s a playmaker who can handle the ball, shoot it and he’s a 4.0 (grade point average) student. As one of our captains, he’ll continue to be one of our leaders the next couple of years.”
Davis is averaging 14 points and five assists a game, and his value as a scoring leader has rose precipitously in the playoffs since he dropped in 26 points against highly-ranked Consortium in the Hurricanes’ last regular season game.
He scored 18 points against Cesar Chavez, added 21 in the district semifinals against University Prep and finished with a team-high 21 again in Douglass’ 69-35 victory against Riverview in the Class B regional semifinals.
“I feel good about how the team has been playing,’’ said Davis, who again will be counted to lead today (March 14) when the Hurricanes (15-9) play Dearborn Heights Robichaud (19-4) in the Class B regional championship game at Livonia Clarenceville. The winner advances to the state quarterfinals at 6 p.m. next Tuesday (March 20) at Chelsea.
“I’ve been contributing to the team’s success by playing under control. My game is to get the ball to my teammates before I try to score. I like that role because I know I can score. But we’re at our best when I get everybody involved.”
Davis has been playing organized basketball since he was eight years old. The Hurricanes start four sophomores and they grew up on the court together.
“We’ve got good chemistry,” he said. “We’ve been playing together since we were little and we all went to same school to try to do something together.”
Davis, who weighs about 145 pounds, says he needs to improve his strength to maximize his talents. But he’s already drawing interest from major colleges. To take advantage of those opportunities, Davis makes it a priority to succeed academically. He counts his parents as his role models and says they wouldn’t have it any other way.
“When I get out of practice, the first thing I do is my homework,’’ he said. “A lot of athletes don’t think about reading books. But I’m a student-athlete, and I get my work done in the classroom and then I go to practice.”
With two years of high school left, Davis says he aspires to be a civil engineer. “My goal is to give back to my community first,’’ he said. “I’d like to build a park for children.”
His immediate plan is to try to keep Douglass alive in its bid for a Class B state basketball championship.
“Winning Mr.Basketball is something I’d like to do, but the main goal is to win a state championship before I leave Douglass,’’ he said. “We’ve gotten this far, so it can happen.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week Award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletic performers and is sponsored by local Detroit area McDonald’s owner-operators
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