Raymond Doby Exploding On AAU Scene

Class of 2014 forward Raymond Doby is exploding on the AAU circuit with the Southwest Jets. Doby is a versatile power forward who is looking like a top prospect early this spring. He has several major Division 1 colleges recruiting him, including multiple Big 10 schools.

Raymond Doby is a 6'-7" power forward from Cahokia High School. He has a multifaceted game that allows him to attack the defense in a variety of ways. He played solid in limited minutes as a freshman with Cahokia but has looked excellent with the Southwest Jets on the 15 and Under level.

Illinois was one of the first schools to recruit Doby, and they are continuing to show interest in the young prospect. He has been exposed to the Illini basketball program through visits to games and Midnight Madness. Coach Bruce Weber has also made the trip to Cahokia to watch the freshman play. Doby discussed what he likes about the Illini program.

"I think it is a good college. Academic and sports-wise, it is a good college. They have a good coach, and I think I could fit in."

Southwest Jets AAU coach Dana Morgan weighed in on what intrigues his star about the Illini.

"He likes that it is the state school. He's been to the campus and likes how they get up and down. Their four guys step out to shoot it and can run the floor."

The forward hopes to make another visit to Champaign in the near future.

"Yeah, I am going to try to make a visit this summer."

Several other schools are heavily involved in his recruitment, most notably Purdue, SLU, SIU, Missouri State and Michigan. Doby will be attending Michigan's Elite Camp in June. It is still in the early stages of his recruitment; he is not that concerned with recruiting at this point.

He is focused on getting better and helping his teams win. Doby helped Cahokia advance several rounds in the state playoffs this season, and they have a bright future with Doby, fellow high major recruit Darius Austin and several other young players.

The 2014 product played well in limited minutes but only got a few true touches in the post each game. When he did get the ball, he made plays. He thinks he has room to improve.

"I think I could have done better. I know how good I am."

Morgan thought Doby played well for a freshman.

"I thought the high school season went well. He began the season starting, and he came off the bench toward the end. I think it was a productive season for a freshman."

The beginning stages of a player's career is when he makes great strides in his game. Doby is already a versatile player on the floor but is continuing to develop his perimeter game so he can play small forward when needed. What does he think he has improved most this past year?

"My handles. I am trying to improve my handles so I can get out of the post a little and play an inside/outside game."

Morgan discussed how he has played this spring.

"I think Doby has been good. He has showed he can step out and hit the outside jumper. I think his development is going good. He has a ways to go but is improving as a player."

He talked about what position he sees for Doby down the line.

"I think he will be a good four-man. He can step out and shoot the ball and handle the ball some."

At multiple events this spring, Doby has proven he can beat a defense in a variety of ways. In the post, he has good footwork and a soft touch around the basket. He runs the floor hard and is a good finisher in transition. On the glass, he is quick off the floor and shows a knack for getting second chance points on the offensive glass.

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