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BASKETBALL RECRUITING: Douglas sends pair to DI, fixing to be PSL power this winter

By: Scott Burnstein, July 9, 2013, 10:00 am

Detroit Douglas could wind up being the best high school boys basketball team in the PSL next winter.

Last week, Douglas saw two players commit to Division I colleges, when point guard Terrell Hales committed to Cleveland State and big fella Andre Fredericks committed to Robert Morris University down in Pennsylvania.

Hales, a long 6-foot-4 floor general, averaged 12 points, eight assists and four rebounds last season. He’s a good decision-maker in transition and in half-court sets and a standout defender. Cleveland State closed the 2013 campaign 14-18. The Vikings’ program has strong ties to the state, being that the team’s head coach Gary Waters was an assistant at Eastern Michigan under Ben Braun in the 1980s and early 1990s and raised his family in Ann Arbor.

Checking in at 6-foot-8 and displaying raw athleticism on the block, Frederick is arguably the state’s top post defender. He averaged a double-double last season, posting 10 points and 10 rebounds per game. Robert Morris went 24-11 in 2013 and snatching Frederick out of the state’s mid-major ranks is an impressive accomplishment.

When it comes to the Douglas Hurricanes, Hales and Fredericks are just the appetizers though – mighty tasty ones at that.

Slick combo guard Darrell Davis is the main dish. Davis is a premiere talent on the perimeter and one of the best players in the state. He will be joining his Hurricanes’ teammates Hales and Fredericks as a Division I commit soon, having already garnered scholarship offers from the likes of Iowa, Iowa State and University of Massachusetts, among them. Locally, University of Detroit-Mercy has offered him.

Davis, Hales and Fredericks have led Douglas to back-to-back Class B district finals in 2012 and 2013, advancing both years into the regional championship game. Last season, the Hurricanes finished 15-7.

In 2014, with the “Big 3” heading the charge for Douglas, a trip to the Breslin Center and the Final Four is a very realistic possibility.