By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Quincy Douby Rockets Rutgers
Would he be following in the footsteps of Todd Billet and Dahntay Jones and transferring out of Rutgers to the likes of Virginia or Duke or would he continue his studies in New Brunswick.NEW JERSEY-Last March it wasn’t clear if Quincy Douby would be playing for Rutgers this year or for some other school.
The Grady/St. Thomas More prep school product was confused. He was getting advice from some in his inner circle to stay at Rutgers and from others to transfer. He was told that he would have a better chance of making it in the NBA if he did not end his playing career at Rutgers because Rutgers would never get to the NCAAs and he would never be noticed.
Well Douby stayed at Rutgers and it is clear that he is being noticed. He is being noticed by every major publication in the New York metropolitan area and CBS Sportsline actually has now called him as the no. 1 guard in the country. Quite a change from a very disappointing season last year. Douby did average 15.1 ppg but his team went 2-14 in the Big East and did not get to the post season for the first time in his college career.
This year Rutgers is sporting a 9-2 record and looks like it will be playing in March. Douby has been phenomenal and that is one of the reasons that so many people have jumped on his band wagon. He had 21 points and they lost to undefeated Illinois, 27 points in an upset win over Temple, 36 points in a huge road win against St. Mary’s and 29 points to lead all scorers in a disappointing 88-85 home loss to Charlotte.
Douby is a scorer. He can hit it from anywhere. Last year he converted 33 of 37 free throws in Big East Conference play.
He is also clutch. In 2004 he had a career high in the NIT semifinal victory over Iowa State and in the process set a school freshman scoring mark with 35 points including 6 3-pointers made. In that year he scored 20 or more points in a game five times.
Scoring is nothing which comes new to Douby. During his prep school career he scored 37 and 36 points on consecutive nights in games in Montreal and scored 20 more points in a game 13 times while shooting .478 from the field.
Will things get more difficult for Douby during the Big East wars? Sure they will. He will be double and triple teamed because Rutgers has few other scoring options. Sure freshman Anthony Farmer can score at the guard position and JR Inman can score from inside but both of those players are young and Douby is a veteran.
Douby is only a junior and has one more year of eligibility. You can bet that next season the pro scouts will be flocking to Piscataway to watch him on a team that will probably make it to the NCAAs. There is only one senior on this year’s Rutgers squad and he has very much a supporting role.
Watch out for Quincy Douby. He will be playing in the NBA some day.