THE NEXT LEVEL: Douglas making his mark at Morris

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CD Douglas drives to the basket for a layup in a game this season.

MARSHALL – Not even two seasons into his college career, 2014 Marshall High School graduate Carl “CD” Douglas has etched his name into the University of Minnesota Morris record books.

On Dec. 5, Douglas had his best game to date, finishing with 35 points in a 109-105 overtime win against Crown College. The mark earned him conference player of the week honor – the first of two so far this season – and tied the program’s single-game scoring record, which Douglas now holds with three other players.

“His 35 points against Crown were actually a quiet 35,” said UMM head coach Paul Grove. “I was surprised after the game to see he had that many points, which is a compliment to him. We needed every one of them since it was an overtime game. He will certainly have more games like that one.”

The 6-foot-2 guard credited a height advantage he had on his opponent, which opened up driving lanes to get to the basket.

Douglas is averaging 20.4 points per game to lead the Cougars in scoring this season. That average is also good for second in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, just one-tenth of a point behind the current leader.

“Since the first day of basketball as a freshman, he has been able to get to the basket and score,” Grove said. “He is explosive to the basket and can slice through any number of defenders on his way to the rim.”

Offense isn’t the only area that Douglas has made his mark. Through eight games, he is averaging almost six rebounds and a conference-leading two-and-a-half steals per contest.

The game after tying the scoring record, he set a career-high with six steals against St. John’s. As a true freshman last season, Douglas was named to the UMAC all-defensive team after recording 59 steals in 27 games.

“We worked on (defense) a lot in high school,” Douglas said. “It definitely made the transition to playing defense at the college level easier.”

Grove agreed. “(Marshall coach Travis) Carroll deserves a pat on the back for giving CD the foundation to excel at the college level.”

Douglas has started 31 of 35 games since he arrived on the UMM campus. Not even halfway into his second season, Grove still sees a lot of upside for his sophomore guard.

“As his coach, I need to find ways for him to continually improve,” Grove said. “He is always receptive when we have those talks. I really think he could become the best player in the UMAC.”

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