BALTIMORE, Md. -- Watching Gilman boys' basketball this season, you had to do almost a double-take. As in, is that really a freshman starting (and shining) at point guard?
It was, in 5-foot-10 frosh Donald Duncan, who represents the next wave of talented Greyhounds helping turn the program around.
The 5-10, 165-pounder started up top, averaging seven points and six assists per game as a 'pass-first' lead guard who showed excellent poise and maturity in getting his teammates involved. Quick and athletic, there was not a lot of wasted motion in Duncan's game, especially for a freshman, and he got from Point A to Point B quickly. He seemed to understand spacing and distribution very well for a rookie starter, and could get past most defenders with ease.
"It was fun, and I think I did pretty well. I liked the high school experience of playing high-level basketball games in MIAA 'A' Conference and it was a good year," Duncan said.
"But I can still work on being more aggressive at all times. But I was pretty good at looking for my teammates and getting them open shots."
Said his AAU Coach Bub Carrington of Baltimore Elite, which competed last week in New Jersey at the Spring Fling as the AAU spring season kicked off:
"Donald is a good kid, good point guard. Actually, I am his god father. I have known him since he was born. He is a kid that I have been working with basically his whole life. He has a lot of upside as he is strong and fast. And he's talking about maybe playing football at Gilman next year, too.
"But he is a pass-first point guard, a coach's dream. He has a real high basketball IQ. Very unselfish, so he kinda gets overlooked sometimes. But he is one of those kids you watch 3-4 times and you say, 'Hey, I got to have him.' He is one of those types of kids who gets it done."
Said Duncan of his expanding game:
"I like [as far as point guard style], like a Ty Lawson type point guard," Duncan said.
Growing up, Duncan liked Duke, Maryland and Syracuse the most, though it is very early. As for Maryland he said:
"This year I went to Maryland for the Duke game and the Syracuse games. I liked the atmosphere, it was loud and it was crazy so the players shouldn't have any trouble getting ready for the games because they get pumped from the crowd.
"They have a really good program and should be getting better for the future. They only had a pretty good season this year but will be better looking down the road."
In the classroom, Duncan has a 3.3 GPA and may study engineering at college. He also enjoys math in his spare time.
"We'll be pretty good the next few years. We'll be in the contention for a championship hopefully in my next three years at Gilman," Duncan said of a team led by him, sophomore Tyler Foster and rising senior Kai Locksley.
Maryland was Duncan's only unofficial campus visit this season. He said he saw N.C. State staff at one of his Gilman games this winter.
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