Stuart Douglass: Questions & Answers

Dylan Burkhardt

Stuart Douglass I managed to catch up with 2008 commitment Stuart Douglass for an interview recently. For those that don’t know, Douglass is a 6-3 shooting guard from Carmel, Indiana who played his way to an eventual offer at Michigan’s team camp last summer. Douglass is averaging 15.3 ppg and has made 79 of 208 (38%) three pointers on the season for state ranked Carmel High. Carmel has a regional semi-final game (and potentially a regional final game) on Saturday at 12pm (finals at 8pm) in Southport. Thanks a lot to Stu for taking the time during his season to do the interview.

How is your season going? It looks like you guys have a legit shot to win the state championship.
Our season is going great so far. We finished 18-2 and we were undefeated through 16 games. We just won the sectional championship last night against a county rival by 14. Next weekend is regionals and we’re feeling confident about our chances of going all the way to the championship. If we keep playing defense the way we did when we were undefeated we should have a very good chance.

How would you describe your game? Most people talk about your shooting, what other strengths and weaknesses do you have?
Shooting is what I get noticed for most but I think I have a pretty high basketball IQ. I usually know when I should shoot or drive or pass off to an open teammate. I’m working a lot harder on rebounding and on pressuring the ball, a few things I haven’t done so well the last couple years. This year I’ve been put on the other teams point guard more than I ever have and I’ve been given more defensive responsibility and I love it. I have taken an approach to defense now like I always have to shooting about challenging myself to get better and it becomes a lot more fun that way. It’s something I’m taking pride in now, which was not like me even last year.

Stuart DouglassDo you have any specific goals and things that you want to work on this summer?
My main goals this summer are to get stronger and work on my ball handling. I’m going to work on everything but those are two things I want to emphasize. In coach’s system I’ll have to be able to bring the ball up as well as shoot and it’s something I’m looking forward to.

How deep is your three point range?
I’d say it’s pretty deep. I can usually shoot pretty consistently from about 25 feet maybe as far as 28 or so. Before games sometimes I’ll take a few jumpshots from half court and once I hit 8 for 10 so it’s getting better. I keep improving my range every year.

Who would you compare your game to? Any college or pro players?
I always think comparisons are tough. I’ve always watched JJ Redick’s game and tried to emulate some of the things he does and I’ve watched Chris Lofton a lot this year too and see a lot of myself in his game. Of course I’m not the player they both have become but I would sure love to work to that level.

Your former teammate Jake Kelly is having a solid freshman year at Iowa. Do you see yourself having a similar impact next year?
Jake is having a great year and hopefully I can have that kind of impact but it’s way too early to make any predictions. I know I’m going to work as hard as I can to get ready for next year and if get the opportunity to make that kind of impact that would be great.

Have you been watching Michigan games this season? What kind of role do you see yourself having next year?
Yeah, I’ve watched as many games as I can. Next year I can hopefully bring some consistent three-point shooting. I know I have the shooting role on my team this year but everyone in coach’s system has to be a shooter so next year, so I’m just going to work on bringing consistency every game. I know this year some games the shooting has been really good for Michigan and others just the opposite.

Stuart DouglassHave you developed relationships with any current players? Or other Michigan recruits (some kids from Indiana have been mentioned as possible targets: Zack Novak and Colt Ryan)?
I don’t really have a relationship with any of the players yet but just from visiting a couple times and being around the players I don’t think that will be a problem at all. I actually haven’t yet talked to Ben either I’ve just been kind of caught up in my season but I hope to do that soon. Guys like Colt and Zack I’ve known and have talked to before at AAU tournaments but nothing more than that. I’d always see them at tournaments because we all played for different teams within the Indy Elite program this summer.

What is your favorite part of Ann Arbor?
The only part of Ann Arbor I’ve really seen is the Big House and Crisler Arena. We walked around a little bit on my official and I like the campus but I guess haven’t seen enough to have a favorite. My favorite is going to have to become Crisler because I’ll basically be in there all summer.

What was the deciding factor in your decision to come to U-M?
It’s just the perfect place for me. I always wanted to play in the Big Ten growing up and when I saw Coach Beilein for the first time a few years ago with West Virginia I had always said I would love to play for him. Michigan is a great school where I’ll get a great education as well. I had known for a while that I wanted to go to Michigan. No other offer could’ve changed my mind.

What’s on your iPod right now?
On my iPod I have a lot of Eminem, Seether, Nas, Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Lauryn Hill, and Immortal Technique. A lot of different stuff. I listen to anything besides most country.

Anything else you have to tell Michigan fans?
I’ll give it everything I have and hopefully be a part of bringing Michigan basketball back to where it hasn’t been for a while.

I also have two other quick recruiting notes. First, Kyle Cassity scored 24 in his playoff win in front of John Beilein last night, here’s an update on his recruitment. Second, Arizona small forward Aaron Fuller has committed to Iowa.

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  • josh

    i am really startin to think this kid can be something special to this program. He is definitely what the doctor ordered. He seems like a great kid and im sure Beilein is ecstatic to have him.

    Go Blue! and welcoome to the Blue family Stu!

  • BenAA

    Great interview Dylan and Stu.

    Today we might hear if Ebuka Anyaorah might visit this weekend.

  • WOTS seems to be don’t plan on seeing Ebuka here this weekend…

  • This White Guy Can’t Jump

    Stu is a perfect fit at Michigan and I believe (hope) he will be a solid player. He’s a smart kid and Beilein will sharpen his skills. Stu is on his way to becoming a classic Michigan Man.

  • josh

    hey is anyone else hearing rumors of Watts comitting this weekend? My friend called me about a half hour ago and said that watts would be visiting this weekend. Hoping it is true because either him or Anyaorah would be a great addition to this 2008 class. Along with Cronin and Stu i like this class alot.

  • Theres a rivals premium article about what’s happening this weekend.

  • joe s

    Nice article i liked it alot alson Dylan do you think we could see Douglass play a little point next season. He says that he wants to improve his ball handling did he mention anything??? thanks for the updates this site is great

  • UMbballDC

    I’d do anything to get a James Voskuil type player on this team. If Stu can do that, he will have a great career and I’ll love him forever!

  • I don’t know about playing a true point guard. But I know the 1 and 2 guards are very similar in Beilein’s system and both are responsible for ball handling duties.

  • BL

    Great stuff as usual dylan….
    Stu is everything that i want in a UM recruit right now….hes not going to be hyped much nationally but hes going to improve the team in every way (IQ, shooting, depth, etc.) I am very excited about his abilities on this team.

    Watts was my #1 want from the day he came on the scene. Hopefully he shows up and is wowed this weekend!?!?

  • Watts has a nasty highlight film, and a big strong 2/3 type player is exactly what we need. It’s always hard to tell how good of a shooter someone is from their highlights but his stroke looks pretty good and he gets it off easily. He’s been my favorite recruit on the board, more polished than Ebuka IMO. We’ll see how the weekend goes, hopefully we don’t lay an egg against Purdue.

  • Aaron

    good stuff, but how many minutes do you see him playing next year, im thinking around 12-15 maybe a few more in some games? also i think watts would be a huge get for us, but is we end up with both who will get more playing time?

  • george

    top 5 bloggers of all time. dylan, dylan, dylan, dylan and dylan…why? because he spits hot fire.

  • Rob


    what’s this thing about Novak being on campus right now even before watts gets into town? What’s going on?

    Could they offer him and he accepts ahead of Watts? Take both? Preferred walk-on or academic schollie for Novak?

  • Novak is on campus. I doubt he will get an offer before Watts. Feels to me like a plan-B guy. Second time has been up though.

  • ky fox

    I want to give this site and everyone behind the scenes some overdue credit! Ive been waiting years for something like this! Great Job everyone. In a time when UM basketball is enduring some growing pains I beleive that it is imperative that our fan base stay on fire about UM hoops, and John Beilein! I cant wait for the day…possibly next year when JB has the team really clicking and possibly rite outside the top 25 and to finally see crisler packed again! I do hope that JB might lobby to spice up our court a little bit tho! Has anyone seen West Va’s court? its pretty cool!
    As far as Stu D goes, I cannot wait for next year. I wish I we could fast forward to the 1st of Nov. He is going to be good! I am convinced. JB wouldnt have looked at stu if he didnt see the potential in him. Like I said in 1 of my other blogs, Stu will be that 40% from 3land injection that we so desperatley need! With the addition of everyone else honing theyre shooting touch, like manny whos starting to see the ramafacations of JB’s drills and ingenious way of developing skill! D Sims will only get better from behind the arc, lets hope JB will get into him about becoming a little more agressive about taking it to the rack tho! A Wright and everyone is going to be a ton better come this Nov. I think an advantage we will have next year is that guys like Dey Sims and Z Gib wont have to take so many shots from behind the arc, or not have to force things, they be able to shoot when its within the flow of the game… which a lot of that will come with expeirience as well. I am so excited to finally have a guy that is deadly from behind the arc! I beleive that having Stu out on the court is going to open up so many more options for our team next year. Thats what I believe JB does so well in recruiting and in development is increases a players OFFENSIVE ability, that is if the guy doesnt come in with a bunch of it already…..and that was one of my biggest knocks on amaker is that he would recriut guys with little offensive skill! I even think that izzo in his recruiting the past two years has been a little mis leading in the sense that hes getting guys that are nationaly recognized and highly touted but you have to ask the questions like…is the skilled offensivley?, can he shoot?, can he handle real well?, and since 3 years ago when he had chris hill, and alan anderson, and even torbert he hasnt had a lot of guys that are or were good shooters… shannon brown, and a lot of the guys he has there now arent exceptional at shooting the basketball, and thats what I like about beilein! Because I would recruit a guy that was highly skilled offensivley before I recruited a guy who was an awesome athlete or who could just play defense because I believe that it is a lot easier to develop defensive skills than it is to develop offensive skills or teach a player to shoot better! Defense is all about effort.
    Enough of that tho. So does anyone know who looks like the leading candidate for the third signee? Watts, ebuka, or who?