Douglas Getting Shot at Big Time
Oskaloosa–A 28-1 record and #1 ranking are not the only success stories for the William Penn men’s basketball program as former Statesmen star Alan Douglas is also making news on the hardwood.
Since graduation, Douglas has been working at Wells Fargo while keeping himself in shape in case his hoop dreams come coming. Well, that call came and was answered recently.
The 2012 Second-Team NAIA All-American has been invited to participate in Hampton Rounds, a Pro-Am tryout held in Norfolk, Va. from April 10-14. The event is for former professional players who are looking at getting back in the league as well as aspiring post-collegiate players, like Douglas, who are not currently playing in a semi-pro or professional league.
Scouts, executives, owners, and coaches from every overseas league, plus individuals from most American professional teams will be in attendance to evaluate players.
Normally a decision like this would be a no-brainer, but the WPU alum was put in a tough situation as a team from the Russia had also offered him a pro contract. In the end, Douglas decided to go for it all by accepting the Hampton Rounds invite.
“My agent advised me to not sign with any situation that was not 100% contract guaranteed,” Douglas said. “I have a degree and a good job, so I am going to be fine no matter what happens. But I really want to play ball professionally if it is God’s plan.”
A two-time first-team all-Midwest Collegiate Conference selection, Douglas managed 1,000 points in his short two-year Statesmen career.
“Alan is all heart, desire, and charisma,” William Penn Head Coach John Henry said. “I have zero doubt he can play ball professionally, but whatever he chooses to do, he will be great at it!”
Douglas is just a year removed from donning the navy and gold, so his connection to the program is still very strong. He is not at all surprised by the record-breaking run his former squad has put together this winter.
“I am so happy for my fellas on this year’s team,” Douglas said. “I told them in the locker room last year after the nationals loss to Davenport that I knew they would be one of the top teams or even win it all. I have taken pride in every win this year and wish my Statesmen brothers luck at nationals. I will be there if I can get off work!”