Q & A with Stuart Douglass

Carmel, IN Stuart Douglass was one of the top performers at Michigan basketball's team camp this summer. The 6-2 sharpshooter has the Wolverines high on his list and is gunning for a scholarship offer. GoBlueWolverine caught up with the Hoosier State standout to get the latest his visit schedule, his decision timetable, list of favorites, and more.

For those that missed GoBlueWolverine's team camp evaluation of Stuartt Douglass, click here.

What schools are showing the most interest right now?

Colorado… they’ve offered, Evansville offered, and I’m also seriously talking to Harvard. Those are probably the other schools besides Michigan. Michigan hasn’t offered. I visit the 6th of September.”

Take me back to the team camp. What was that experience like for you?

“Michigan saw me at the Top 100 workout for Indiana High School basketball. They invited us to come up to team camp just so he could watch me a little bit more because they didn’t go to the top 100 to really look at me. They went to look at other players and kind of noticed me and extended an initiation to me. We went up there and it was awesome. I liked it a lot. I liked the facilities. I like Coach Beilein and researching him. I like the feel of playing in that gym. I think I played pretty well up there.”

You said you liked Coach Beilein and researching him. Does that mean you feel his offense really suits you?

“That’s exactly what me and my family are thinking.”

What were your parents’ impressions of that trip?

“They love Michigan. My mom loves Ann Arbor. My parents like the campus a lot. They love the academics and how good of a school it is. All of that stuff. We’ve also talked about visiting again officially on the 22nd. The 6th is an unofficial.”

What are some of the things you’re going to be looking for on your Michigan visit?

“Just kind of getting a feel for things and meeting all of the players. I really haven’t sat down and talked to coach Beilein face to face yet this summer. We went up for camp but we had to leave before it was over, so we didn’t get a chance to get in a room and talk to him. I’m just looking forward to finding out where he thinks I’ll fit, what players he is looking at, and hopefully I’ll get a scholarship. We’ll have to see about that.”

How would a scholarship offer affect things?

“I’ve been kind of waiting on Michigan now. They’re the last school that I’m considering that hasn’t offered. If they were to offer it would definitely speed up the process and help me make my decision. It would make my decision process a lot quicker and a lot easier to just have that option.”

You said you will visit Michigan on the 6th and maybe the 22nd. Will you be visiting anywhere else?

“We visited Colorado last weekend. It was good. I liked Colorado a lot. Coach Bzdelik is doing a great job out there. It would be a great fit in that system for me. It’s beautiful out there. I’m an outdoorsy kind of guy.”

For people that haven’t seen you play, how would you describe your game?

“I’m a shooter. I kind of live and die by it sometimes. I’ve been working on driving. I’ve really been an underrated passer, I think. I’m a better passer than people think. I played point guard up until my freshman and sophomore year in high school. That’s when I really was becoming a shooter. I’m starting to become more of a complete player. I’ve really got to work hard on defense. I have been this summer, but I’m still not where I want to be. I need to work on rebounding. I want to be more aggressive... not so complacent, and not settle as much for my shot. So, I’m a shooter and a high basketball IQ.”

So can you get to the hole and dunk on a guy?

“(Laughing) I’ve done it a few times this summer. In front of Coach Mahoney I had a tip dunk. He was surprised by that. (Laughing).”

Speaking of Coach Mahoney, what are your impressions of him thus far?

“He’s a great guy. Just talking to him, he is really interested in you. He cares about anything and everything about you. He is real supportive. He is real supportive of my game. It just feels good because I know he likes me and I believe he would love to see me at Michigan. I think he thinks I could really play there and help the team. It’s comforting.”

What are going to be the most significant factors in your choice?

“How I fit in and where I can make the best career. I want to take basketball as far as I can…whatever that may be. I’m also education and a life after basketball. Michigan is definitely a great education it would be a great opportunity for me.”

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