In the Detroit media outlet-that-must-not-be-named (print link), we learn that Stu Douglass is spending his spring term pursuing graduate level basketball instruction.
Douglass began working out at the Indianapolis-area Champions Academy last week to refine his game.
The Academy, run by former Wright State coach Ed Schilling, has become a hotbed of Midwest talent this summer as Douglass is working alongside a number of Purdue players – E’Twaun Moore, Keaton Grant, Chris Kramer – and likely first-round pick Gordon Hayward among others [including likely first round draft pick Patrick Patterson from Kentucky].
Stu's attendance is an indication of his dedication to getting to the next level in his development.
The six sessions a week are intense but Douglass saw this as a chance to push him game forward and it didn’t take much convincing to have his parents pay for it.
The program is supposed to last a month but Douglass said he may continue there until it’s time to return to school near the end of June, he said.
“Last summer I was coming into it and I wanted to work out more, but it wasn’t enough,” Douglass said. “I’m self-motivated but this is really helping me as well. They help you develop toward your goals. There’s a couple drills that are really easy to bring with me and I can show them to some of the guys. Everything from ball-handling to anything else.”
And how is he showing?
“He’s really made a commitment,” Schilling said. “It’s really hard and physically challenging for anybody. He’s going through it through two a days, 4-5 hours a day.” With the Academy only a 20-25 minute drive from his Carmel, Ind., home, Douglass is making the most of his time away from Ann Arbor and making an impression.
“Oh my goodness, he’s not even the same player,” Schilling said. “Out of high school I knew he could shoot, but honestly may have been a little bit of a stretch play in Big Ten, getting quality minutes as a freshman and sophomore. To see the difference between last year and this year is night and day. People are coming in to watch (the potential pro players) and they ask who that guy is. He looks like one of the guys who’s going to play professionally. He’s now able to create, shooting off ball screens, guarding people. He’s really worked on his game from the time the season ended.”
Some times it pays to click on a link that takes you to the dark side.