Douglass earns prep basketball awards
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
Although Frederick Douglass Academy’s boys’ basketball squad didn’t win the Class B State Championship, the Hurricanes did reap rewards during their successful 2013-14 season. Darrell Davis was named Class B Player of the Year and Head Coach Nkwane Young was named Class B Coach of the Year by the Michigan Associated Press.
Davis, a six-foot, five-inch senior guard, averaged 24.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He currently carries a 4.0 honor point average and will be attending the University of Dayton on a basketball scholarship. He’ll be majoring in one of the following: engineering, sports management or architecture.
“I was kind of surprised that I won this award,” Davis said in a recent phone interview. “I think this award will put Frederick Douglass on the map as a school and a basketball team. I hope this award I won will attract more players and students to our basketball program.”
Playing on the varsity since his freshman year, Davis feels he has fulfilled his commitment at Douglass.
“I feel my career as a player and a student has been a successful one,” he said. “I knew I did my best because this team at Frederick Douglass went the farthest in state competition than any team in the school’s history.”
The Hurricanes not only won the MHSAA Class B State District Title this past season, but also the Class B Regional Title, as well as the quarter-finals before falling by one point in the MHSAA Class B State semi-finals.
“When I get to Dayton, I want to become a student-athlete and become a role model for my fellow student athletes,” Davis concluded.
Coach Young praised Davis for his accomplishments.
“Davis stepped up and took a bigger role because Andre Frederick, a six-foot, eight-inch center transferred out of the state,” said Young. “He took a bigger job and did more than what we ask for.”
Young was pleased with the award he won, but also gave credit to his players and assistant coaches Myron Watkins, Lamar Hunt and Curtis Stove. “This award goes to my players and my assistant coaches who also put in a lot work,” Young said. “With the players we had, our team had a very productive season. The boys played well after making some adjustments. I knew we had a tough schedule this past season, but we got the best out of the kids we have.”
As head coach for eight years at Frederick Douglass Academy, Young coached the Hurricanes to two Detroit PSL final four playoff appearances, four MHSAA District Titles, an MHSAA Regional Championship and a MHSAA Class B Final-Four appearance.
Young has been coaching 10 years. He started at Community High where he coached for two years and later became an assistant at his alma mater, Western International. As a student, Young excelled as a three-sport athlete — competing in basketball, baseball and football — for the Cowboys. After graduating from Western and he played both basketball and football Defiance College in Ohio. Young feels confident about the future of roundball at the Douglass Academy.
“We’ll be back next year,” said Young. “We have a good group of young guys as a foundation to build on.”