When other teams played against Hanford West in boys basketball this season, they knew there was only one thing to do if you wanted to beat the Huskies: Contain Dameane Douglas.
Few were able to, as Douglas had one of the most prolific scoring seasons in Kings County history.
By averaging 35 points and 15 rebounds per game, Douglas showed why he’s garnering Division I interest on the court.
And while he has transferred to San Joaquin Memorial in Fresno, he is still the Sentinel’s 2017 boys basketball Player of the Year.
Hanford West head coach Kenneth Gregory said that Douglas, who has the same name has his NFL alum and former Hanford High standout father, hit a growth spurt in a season that turned heads.
“He’s always been confident,” Gregory said. “He started being a great downhill player. When he decides to attack the basket, he’s really hard to guard.”
Opposing teams found that out the hard way.
Of the top five scoring games in Hanford West history, Douglas holds four of them, including a school record 45 points in a single game early in the year against Hoover. His points per game and rebound averages were also school records.
“He changed how teams attacked us on defense,” Gregory said. “I know he was the one they all talked about stopping before they faced us.”
After Douglas’ sophomore year, the team graduated nine seniors form a team that won more than 20 games and made the Section playoffs.
Gregory said Douglas put the team’s offense on his back.
“He carried the offense,” he said. “We never had many offensive threats on the floor. Considering he did what he did in double and triple coverage was the most impressive.”
As the season went on, Gregory said he saw Douglas improve on intangibles. Criticized by many for his defensive play, Gregory said Douglas improved and become a more well-rounded player.
“He emitted a lot of energy on rebounding,” Gregory said. “And we were rarely able to sub him out. Once he made a commitment to be a two-way player, his game really started to take off.”
Gregory said Douglas also improved as a leader. In the classroom, Douglas sported a GPA of 3.8 with the Husky coach saying his standout player became a coach on the floor.
As Douglas gets ready to begin his senior year at a new school, Gregory expects Douglas to have more big years.
“Me and my entire staff are still really supportive of him,” he said. “I anticipate he’s going to have success at the next level as long as he continues to work as hard as he does now.”