Chris Douglas-Roberts has assumed the roll as leader of Speedy Walker’s AAU club “The Family.” Walker indicated last season that the Cass Tech star would pick up right where Malik Hairston left off, and that appears to be coming to fruition. While this year’s team certainly has talent, it does not rise to the level of last year’s club nor are they as familiar with one another. That much was evident at the Boo Williams Invitational a few weeks ago. “We did pretty good,” Douglas-Roberts said. “But we didn’t win it and that’s the main thing. We’re still trying to feel each other out. We don’t have that chemistry yet like last year’s team had, but we’ll be all right. We’ll get there eventually.”
Even though his team struggled a bit, the young Detroiter’s individual efforts drew the praise of pundits from around the country. “I averaged 20 points per game for the tournament,” Douglas-Roberts said. “Against the guy that they say is the number 1 shooting guard in the country, I had 30 points and 10 rebounds.” The Insiders.com’s Dave Telep was on hand for that game spoke glowingly of the 6-5 wing’s potential. After witnessing that performance he wrote, “Against the Georgia Stars, a strong argument could be made that he was the best guard on the floor. He went for 30 and 10 rebounds in a losing effort. He can be a playmaker yet he can be an acrobatic finisher. He’s not strong but he gets places and loves to rebound. Big timer in the making.”
Phog.net’s Eric Bossi was equally impressed. “He is a natural point who can also play off the ball and is as smooth as they come,” Bossi wrote. “He lulls defenders to sleep with a high yo-yo dribble and has excellent court vision. Despite his slender frame, he fights for offensive rebounds and seems to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He’s been compared to Shaun Livingston in the past and the comparison is a good one because he plays a similar game.”
Douglas Roberts has an early list of Kansas, Florida, Kentucky, UCLA, Michigan, Michigan State, and North Carolina…and the schools just keep coming. He has only taken unofficial visits to Ann Arbor and East Lansing to date. That isn’t likely to change this summer, but it certainly is possible. “I think I’ll play this AAU thing out over the summer,” Douglas-Roberts said. “Really, anything could happen. If I become really interested in a school over the summer I may take a visit, but I’m not too sure.”
With all of those schools knocking on his door, it would come as no surprise to see a number of college coaches descend upon Cass Tech during the current “Contact Period” (which lasts April 7th though April 30th, excluding April 12th through April 15th). The Michigan staff, which is recruiting Douglas Roberts as a point guard, has already made their appearance.
Douglas Roberts and “The Family” will hit the hardwood again the
weekend at the Kingwood Classic in Houston Texas.