Drawing up a game plan to stop or at least slow down Detroit Frederick Douglass combo guard Darrell Davis this season has proven to be a fruitless endeavor.
Davis has been a model of consistency on the offensive end throughout his 2013-14 campaign, averaging 24.6 points per game. The defensive end is no weakness of his game either, recording four steals per game.
Now the all-time leading scorer at Detroit Douglass with over 1,400 career points, Davis has enjoyed a tremendous senior season in taking his squad to the school’s first regional title since 2010.
With such gaudy numbers and team success come the accolades, and Davis is not only part of the Associated Press Class B All-State team, but also the Player of the Year.
“I just wanted to come into my senior year as a leader and do anything it takes to help lead my team to wins,” Davis said.
That he has, including in the regional final game against Birmingham Detroit Country Day when he scored right on his average with 24 points and also pulled down eight rebounds, helping the Hurricanes to a 69-56 victory.
“He said to me before the game, ‘Coach, I really want this one,’” Detroit Douglass coach Nkwane Young said. “He’s been our leader all year long and has really stepped up his game. You love a kid like that who puts so much care into these games and not to mention he is also a 4.0 student.”
Young, for his own efforts in orchestrating the strong season for the Hurricanes, is the Class B Coach of the Year.
Despite losing a couple of players coming into this season who previously were expected to be key contributors, including 6-foot-7 power forward Andre Frederick who left for a school in Connecticut, Detroit Douglass not only stayed afloat, but excelled, earning a spot in the state semifinals.
“I knew a lot more weight would be on my shoulders this season,” Davis said. “I’ve improved as a passer and developed my all-around game quite a bit. Offensively, I’m a player who can penetrate, but if you concentrate on that too much I will knock down a jumper. I try and stay as balanced as I can to make it difficult to guard me.”
Davis, also a finalist for Mr. Basketball, is committed to play basketball at the University of Dayton. He had offers from more than 30 schools.
“I talked with them a lot down there and fell in love with the school and the basketball program. It’s a great fit for me,” Davis said of his decision to attend Dayton in the fall.
Davis is joined on the Class B All-State first team by nine other players, including Edmond Sumner (Detroit Country Day), whose outstanding season came to an end in the loss to Detroit Douglass March 12.
The rest of the All-State first team includes Jason Penn of Ferndale University, Anthony Howard of Imlay City, Jaire Grayer of Flint Southwestern Classical, Kyle Steigenga of Holland Christian, Markese Mayfield of Wyoming Godwin Heights, Chance Stewart of Sturgis, Khari Willis of Jackson Lumen Christi and Tony Poljan of Lansing Catholic.