Senior night didn’t go quite the way Devante Doutrive, a standout at Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham, wanted as he left the game late in the first half with a rolled ankle.
But Birmingham had the game well in hand and Doutrive, a 6-foot-5 lengthy wing prospect, certainly showed what he’s capable of. He whipped passes to open teammate, finished with both hands at the rim and hit a pair of three-pointers.
Outside of the ankle injury, Doutrive’s performance was consistent with how he’s played during his senior season, according to Scout national analyst Josh Gershon.
“He’s made a big jump since last year,” Gershon said. “He’s really improved his shooting ability, left hand and vision.”
Doutrive said his progress is due to spending time in the gym.
“I’ve just been working on getting better every day, passing the ball, getting my teammates the ball, making my teammates better, getting people around me better and playing good defense,” Doutrive said. “I’m just doing whatever it takes to win.”
“When I’m at my best I’m moving the ball, passing it, getting rebounds and helping my team score,” he added.
Doutrive is a gifted passer with good speed and quality athleticism. He’s versatile and he thinks he’s capable of playing a combination guard role moving forward.
“I see myself as a combo because I think I can score and I can move the ball,” he said. “I can get my teammates open, get them the ball and let them score.”
Prior to the season, Doutrive had minimal college interest, but his strong play has changed that.
Thus far Arizona State is the only school mentioned that has offered a scholarship and he plans to visit them unofficially this weekend.
“It’s PAC 12, that’s a good conference to play in and I’m hoping to play in that conference,” Doutrive said when asked about Arizona State.
Doutrive said he’s planning to make his college choice in February or March.