Darsean Woodson is the “other” 5-9 guard in Pershing High’s starting lineup, but the junior is starting to have much the same impact as his senior backcourt mate Kahlil Felder.
“He’s playing alongside Kahlil and is doing a great job of not turning the ball over, keeping his head up and doing what he’s supposed to do as a player,’’ Pershing coach Wydell Henry said of Woodson, the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
“Darsean is a great player in his own right. His upside is tremendous. He’ll step right in when Kahlil leaves. We’re not going to miss a beat next year at the point guard position.”
Woodson has been steady all season, but his importance as a ballhandler, defender and scorer has magnified since the Doughboys captured the PSL championship against Cass Tech and then beat University of Detroit Jesuit in the Operation Friendship game to cap off a perfect 20-0 regular season.
“I just wanted to win,’’ Woodson said. “I didn’t want the same feeling as last year (when they suffered their first loss in the PSL championship game against King). After we lost last year, we said we didn’t want that feeling any more. Everybody made a commitment to the team, worked hard and gave it their all. It has paid off.”
Woodson said nothing short of a winning the school’s sixth Class A state championship will be considered a successful season for the Doughboys.
“It will mean a lot to the program for us to win the state championship,’’ he said. “That’s been our goal from the start of the season.”
On a night when Felder was named Mr. PSL at halftime of the league championship game, Woodson credited his Oakland University-bound backcourt mate with preparing him to take the reins next season.
“The last couple of years, he’s helped get me ready for the position,’’ Woodson said. “He’s leaving some big shoes to fill, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys and girls athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and sponsored for the third year in a row by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators