The Friends School (Baltimore, Md.) basketball coach Albert Holley has good perspective on Charm City hoops.
Holley played basketball at Randallstown High School, later coached at Milford Mill High School for six years, and has been at Friends for the past three. He grew up on all the Baltimore area stars, as well as Maryland Terrapin ones like Al King, Len Bias, and Adrian Branch as a big fan, so he has seen his share of greats.
So when asked who his star 6-foot-8 sophomore forward Myles Douglas reminds him of the most, he doesn’t hesitate.
“You know, Rudy [Gay] was sort of a freakish athlete,” Holley said. “But Rudy Gay’s all-around ability to play, well Myles reminds me of that. Rudy could dribble, Rudy could shoot, Rudy could run the floor. He reminds me of that, outside of Rudy’s ability to jump out of the gym.”
As a sophomore this season, Douglas, who isn’t quite the athlete Gay is, averaged 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. Douglas’s season game-highs were 27 (points) and 12 (rebounds). The 6-8, 195-pounder so far as has Maryland, USC, Miami, Richmond and Hofstra early offers, while many others like West Virginia, Temple, Virginia are in constant touch.
Holley and Douglas’s parents visited Maryland the day of the Nebraska game, meeting in Mark Turgeon’s offer pre-game and receiving the offer. Douglas has been on campus 4-5 times already this year.
“Myles has been to quite a few games, and I think over the course of the past couple of months the relationship has grown. So it got to the point where they said it was time. So he was excited, his mother was excited, and I feel like it’s a great opportunity for him.”
Holley said the Jake Layman stretch-4 type player is how Maryland envisions Douglas.
“That’s quite honestly how I envision him, somewhere between that 3 and the 4,” Holley said. “You know he’s got such a good skill-set that I’d hate to see him limit himself to just one particular thing. On the court, with his size and skills, he really just should kinda embrace doing whatever is necessary.”
Holley said the pros of Douglas’s game are his ball-handling, ability to get to the basket, and ability to pass the ball, while he needs work on his explosives as an athlete. He said that would be the biggest glare in his game.
Holley recalls a Friends game this season in The Governor’s Challenge against Portside, “and they were undefeated at the time and well thought of, and they sort of had the home court because we were out in Salisbury. And he pretty much put us on his back for a good stretch of that game in the end. He had 24 points in that one.”
“His strength is the ability to do a little bit of everything,” Holley added.
Off the floor, Holley said Douglas is a modest, quiet, unassuming kid, “that really does kinda keep his circle tight and trusts those people that are just around him. But he likes to have fun, works really, really hard, and I think he is in love with the idea of being the best that he can be. So it’s one of those things that sometimes you have to instill in kids with talent, but I think he naturally has that.”
Holley has more perspective on UMD hoops as well.
“I grew up a Maryland fan, the Lefty Driesell days,” Holley said. “And quite honestly, it sort of fell out of favor, I kinda just stopped following because they went through a period of not doing what they should have done to be the kind of school they are capable of. But now that Coach Turgeon really sort of returned the program I am really excited to be a fan again instead of just a coach in the area.”
Holley said Douglas doesn’t know all that Terrapin history, “but sees how exciting to have a school of Maryland’s caliber playing so well right now, playing in the Big Ten, so it’s really exciting for him. He has been following them all season."
Holley rattled off King, Bias, and Branch as some of his favorite Terps as a youngster.
"So it’s been good for me to see them bring it back to where they should be. The facilities, the level of schooling, the area they recruit from that they have: they is really no reason that Maryland shouldn’t be on top on a regular basis.”
Meanwhile, this spring and summer Douglas will play AAU ball for Team Takeover.
With three sophomore starters this season, Friends finished 13-13 during a transitional year. Douglas is expected to go through the recruiting process some more, but in the end likely be a Terp, as Maryland is way out in the lead for his signature. He is considered a Top 50 prospect in his class., a number that is likely to climb in the years to come.
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