The Christian Brothers (Tenn.) four-star guard did just that on Feb. 12, watching SMU’s 60-51 win over then-No. 11 Cincinnati. He’d ventured into Moody Coliseum during his official visit last summer, but just to see it for a minute.
“It was pretty exhilarating actually,” Douglas said of his Moody fan experience. “We did go into the gym before, and it was quiet and everything. But when I went to the game, to really see it blow up and get really loud, I was blown away. It didn’t seem like the same place.”
One of those outbursts came early in the game, when former President George W. Bush ripped open his jacket on the video board to reveal an SMU shirt.
“I thought that was pretty awesome to see how into the game he was, him being a politician and all,” Douglas said. “It was cool to see another side of him, a more fun side of him.”
Douglas didn’t stick around Dallas for too long after the game, since he and his family had to fly back to Memphis that night. But he did get to see the team after the game.
“I got to go in the locker room afterward and tell them, ‘good game.’ We got to hang out for a little bit,” Douglas said. “They were blaring music, jumping up and down, it was pretty exciting.”
Douglas also took in the game with one of his fellow SMU signees, Tulsa (Okla.) Union forward Ethan Chargois. It was Chargois’ first game at Moody as well. Douglas said the two are just getting to building a relationship.
Above all, the win made Douglas all the more excited to get to SMU. He will arrive on campus in June, when he will start summer classes.
“I was already pretty eager. But just seeing how competitive they are and how they like to play just makes it that much better,” Douglas said. “It just has more influence on me to get there, work my tail off and keep having success like that.”
But first, Douglas and his high school teammates have a playoff run to complete. Douglas missed the first 16 games of his season with a nagging ankle injury, but Christian Brothers has not lost a game since he returned to the court in January and is 24-3 this season.
“It’s playoff time right now,” Douglas said.
Christian Brothers will play Montgomery Bell Academy, who it beat earlier this season, in the Tennessee Division 2 state quarterfinals on Saturday.