Exit interview: Stu Douglass

Dylan Burkhardt

freshman-ucla[1]Mike Rothstein sits down with Stu Douglass to reflect on his career:

WolverineNation:When you look back on your career, what was the best moment? What was the moment that stands out for you?

Stuart Douglass: “I keep going back to playing at Madison Square Garden and playing well against UCLA and beating the No. 4 team. It didn’t end up great for them, but that was my introduction to college basketball, and it reassured me of why I came to Michigan, why I took the risk of playing in the Big Ten when even I had personal doubts of it. It just reassured me why I came here, why I was doing it. College basketball, it’s grueling sometimes. You picture it in a lot different ways than it really is. So when magical moments like that happen, you live off those type of moments to get through the low times.”

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  • Rblackmore

    wow, that’s one bad haircut in that pic Stu!

    • umfan

      I agree! He has that amish look going for him

  • A2MIKE

    I think Douglass will be the player that we miss the most next year.  He made some plays that left you wondering from time to time, but in the end he is a fantastic defensive player that had great range and played very steady.

    • ForeverBlue

      I agree, even if Burke stays, I think they will miss Stu’s defense, basketball smarts and calming influence on the floor. 

      And Stu, just in case you take a look at this, don’t worry about the nasty tweets.  I,  like many fans, admire you, have loved rooting for you and hold your Tennessee dunk as one of my favorite Michigan memories. 

  • toblav

    I’ve always thought Stu’s critics underestimated his basketball savy.  The best to you, Stu.

  • SamGoBlue

    Stu is the kind of player I will never forget. I’ll always remember cheering “STUUUUUUU” every time he put a three up, and I probably will always use that as my go-to every time someone is throwing something in somewhere.

  • gpsimms

    Stu was always my fav, haha.

  • Guest

    Having watched Stu Douglass play for the past few years at Michigan University and just having read his “Exit interview“ I felt compelled to share my thoughts about him because I got so much joy out of watching the entire team and him play.

    What comes to mind when I watched Stu Douglass play basketball for Michigan University is that God has definitely blessed him with a lot of athletic ability. Along with that I am sure Stu has worked very hard to become a great division one college basketball player that he turned out to be. He is a very talented and skilled basketball player. I was his size and weight when I played college basketball but I played the three and four spot (small and power forward positions) so to see Stu at his height play point guard and off (shooting) guard just demonstrates how versatile and skilled a basketball player he really is. He is an excellent three point shooter, great defensive player and a great passer. He can even make one handed passes with his right and left hand! When I played high school basketball I was taught to only make two handed passes but players like Stu Douglass, Magic Johnson as an extreme example as well as others, not just can get away with passing the basketball with one hand, but do it more effectively in many situations than they would passing the basketball with both hands and thus demonstrates how skilled of a passer Stu Douglass is.

    Stu Douglass’s career statistics don’t do him justice and he is an underrated player. Statistics don’t take into account his leadership on and off the court and his sportsmanship. No wonder why Coach John Beilein finds anyway possible to put Stu into the basketball game either by starting him, having him come off the bench, playing off guard or even at point guard. When Stu Douglass is in the game the team simply plays better and at a higher level as opposed to when he in sitting on the bench. If I were the coach of a basketball team that Stu Douglass played on and all the backcourt positions were filled with players of better talent I would start Stu as a forward or as a center if I had to just to put him in the game. Stu ended his college basketball career with 936 points, just short of 1,000 points. He could have easily had double the amount of points and surpassed 1,000 points in his basketball career at Michigan if he was not so unselfish but he choose to put the team’s interests before his own like any great player does. But what really makes Stu Douglass a great basketball player is that he makes everybody around him better and sets a high standard of sportsmanship. Not only does Stu Douglass help his own teammates up off the floor after a play when called for but he even helps the opposing players as well! An example of this is when he and Tim Hardaway Jr. helped Aaron Craft (Ohio State) up off the floor after Jordan Morgan blocked Aaron Craft’s layup this year at home. That demonstrated tremendous sportsmanship and charterer on both Stu’s and Tim’s part! Even though Stu Douglass did not make the Big Ten’s “First Team”, “Second Team”, “Third Team” or “Honorable Mention” (he should have made the “All-Defensive Team”) he did win the most important award which was the “Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees”.

    Stu was very open and honest in his “exit interview” in which he shares some of his trials and tribulations throughout his basketball career at Michigan although he never discusses how he overcame them. Unlike Trey Burke, Aaron Craft (Ohio State), Draymond Green (Michigan State) and others from Big Ten basketball programs who speaks openly about their faith in Jesus Christ and how He plays the central role in their basketball careers as He did for mine, Stu never openly discusses his faith which is certainly his right to keep private but his character, inner strength and courage must come from somewhere. Although I started all four years on my college team and was a one of the high scorers, I learned early on in my basketball career that individual statistics did not matter. Playing basketball for me was another way to serve God just like achieving in school. You play for your team and put your own interests last which is what I saw in Stu Douglass. I never met or spoke with Stu Douglass, probably never will and there is no need to because I was blessed with and had the privilege to have played with basketball players like him in high school and college which I will never forget. Players like Josh Bartelstein who I admire, who don’t get a lot of minutes in games but help other players get better in practice and give them emotional support. It takes a very special player with a great deal of unselfishness, inner strength and courage to do that. Game statistics does not account for that. Those are the teammates that had the most impact on me. Stu Douglass just happened to be that, along with demonstrating great sportsmanship, being a great leader and also played in games as well. In the end you and your teammates will only be remembered for what you accomplished as a team (in Stu Douglass’s case, being Big Ten Championships, etc.) and you will also be remembered for your character and how you were as a teammate. Stu Douglas I believe will be remembered most of all of how great of a teammate and leader he was on and off the court. He was a great college basketball player based upon how he made everybody else on the team better not just as basketball players but also as individuals. Stu Douglas has so much to be proud of what he accomplished as a college basketball player, the way he will be remembered and the way he accomplished it, with character and unselfishness. His family, teammates, and friends must also be very proud of him as well.

    To describe Stu Douglass with one word would be “winner”. Stu Douglass is a winner on the court, he is a winner off the court, and he is a winner in life. I wish Stu Douglass good luck in whatever he decides to do, whether playing basketball professionally somewhere or anything else. He will succeed in anything in life because he is simply a winner.

  • umfan