2005 Focus: Chris Douglas-Roberts

So far, the 2003-04 season has been a good one for junior guard Chris Douglas-Roberts. He's nearly doubled his scoring output from a year ago.

With Joe Crawford and Malik Hairston in the forefront, you probably aren't going to get much pub. That was the situation last summer with Detroit Cass Tech guard Chris Douglas-Roberts and his AAU team, The Family.

Douglas-Roberts was the big time junior on a team headlined by a pair of McDonald's All-Americans in Hairston and Crawford. This coming AAU season, the torch gets passed and there's every indication that Douglas-Roberts is ready for the handoff.

As a sophomore, Douglas-Roberts averaged 17 points. This year, he's upped his totals considerably. "I've been averaging about 32 every time we play," Douglas-Roberts said. He's also getting 6 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks and 6 boards.

The 6-5 guard is also playing a number of positions. We project him as a point guard on the college level, but he's playing all over the court for his high school team.

"In high school I play the shooting guard and the wing forward. But, in the summer I'm going to play more point guard. I grew up working on my point guard skills and I'm really comfortable at the point. When I'm out there I feel I can play ‘em all."

And he does. The stringy Douglas-Roberts says his body has changed since the summer, even though he hasn't put significant weight onto his frame.

"I picked up like four pounds. I increased my speed and we've been running a lot so I can play longer and I've gotten quicker. My leadership from the summer actually carried over into my season. Now, I'm a totally different player. Last year I let the seniors do the talking and now I've turned into the leader on my team."

Kentucky, UCLA, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas and Florida State have shown early interest. Predictably, he's been on a pair of unofficial visits to Michigan and Michigan State.

"[The visits] went pretty good. I went to watch the football games early in the season. Really, college football at Michigan and Michigan State is a tradition so I enjoyed myself at both of them. I grew up favoring Michigan because my brother liked Michigan but now I'm not really favoring either one."

In recent weeks, Oklahoma, UCLA and Virginia Tech came to watch him play.

"I'm trying to make it a big year from the team first and then myself."


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