Cass Tech Guard Is Emerging Star

He's quickly gaining the reputation as one of the elite guards in the Class of 2005. Detroit Cass Tech standout Chris Douglas-Roberts weighs in on his recruitment and tells us how schools are beginning to take him very seriously.

At this time last year, 6-foot-4 guard Chris Douglas-Roberts watched as The Family teammate Malik Hairston made his move up the national recruiting charts. Douglas, a big Hairston fan himself, envisions that same kind of rapid ascent happening to him this summer.

The Cass Tech rising senior wants to feel the sense of accomplishment that a Top 10 ranking brings. "It's been a personal goal to myself," Douglas-Roberts said. "It was that way with Malik too. He started off very low and then he moved up to Top 10. It's just a personal goal. In Detroit, we start off low and then we prove to ourselves that we can really play with anybody in the country."

Douglas-Roberts has already proven he can play with anyone in the country. He's a strength program away from separating himself even further from field. He wants to play the point in college, and while there are some detractors, count us amongst the believers.

In fact, at this point, CDR's list is getting longer rather than shorter.

"It's been adding by itself. New schools, they just keep coming and they're getting real serious now. UConn and Arizona were saying they were interested but didn't know how I played. Now, they're getting real serious. I haven't narrowed it down, they keep increasing."

Suitors include Connecticut, Arizona, Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas, Miami, UCLA, Illinois, Marquette, Oregon, Florida and Cincinnati.

Douglas-Roberts said that Arizona and Miami were recruiting him the hardest heading into the summer. Soon enough, they'll have company on that list.

Regardless of whom comes knocking, Douglas-Roberts isn't ready to answer the door yet. Currently he has no timetable for a decision.

"If I understand everything about the schools and I start really liking the schools, I feel like I can commit anytime. But, I know I'm not going to commit this summer unless I really start liking a school. At first I wasn't doing any research on the schools. They were just Internet recruiting me too."

"Internet Recruiting" as defined by Douglas-Roberts was when a school would read about him and start mailing him. Now, he's making sure programs have been in contact and have seen him up close and in person. In short, he's educating himself about the schools that are tracking him and doing his due diligence.

"All I want to prove is that I'm Top 10 in the class and then when I prove that I'll start thinking about schools. That's what the summer is pretty much about."

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