Four-star wing William Douglas is someone who emerged in a big way during July. The athletic and physically gifted native of Memphis showed his offensive skill, and now he is beginning to turn his attention to recruiting.
“I started with Team Penny and didn’t play that much,” said Douglas. “Then I moved over to M33M and once we came around in July we did a lot better and I just think I helped the team win and I played freely and showed my game.”
He continued, “I am working on my shooting and my off hand a little more. Getting in the weight room and getting stronger is also important for me.”
On the recruiting trail Douglas has been visited by TCU, Michigan, Ole Miss, SMU, and Memphis.
At this point Douglas doesn’t have any official visits set up, but he is taking an unofficial to Ole Miss this weekend.
About the Rebels, he said, “Coach (Andy) Kennedy tells me how they have a lot of freedom within their offense. They would make sure I’d have the opportunity to show my athletic ability and versatility.”
Michigan was in on the first day of the open period to see Douglas and he feels he might fit well with what John Beilein likes to do.
“I actually know the offense really well,” said Douglas of Michigan. “We run their offense with my high school team. I’m either going to major in business or engineering and they have the No. 1 business school, so that is a big plus as well.”
Tubby Smith recently took over at Memphis, and since getting the job he has made it clear that he wants to keep Douglas home for college.
“I’ve been able to talk to them a lot,” said Douglas of the new staff in Memphis. “They talk to me about having a goal to be the best and to be a hometown leader and represent the city. Also they tell me how they develop guards, and how I’d be able to show I can play point guard or on the wing.
TCU assistant coach Ryan Miller is actually related to Douglas’ AAU coach, and Jamie Dixon and Miller are working Douglas hard on the recruiting trail now.
About the Horned Frogs, Douglas said, “Coach Dixon really stresses player development. Also he talks about establishing a winning tradition at TCU like he did at Pittsburgh.”
Finally there is SMU who is also making it clear they want Douglas.
“I like that they work on lot on technique and shooting, that is a big thing for Coach (Tim) Jankovich,” said Douglas of SMU. “That interests me a lot. I know if I went there I would get better.”
There is no specific timeframe for Douglas who says a decision could come at any time.