Douglass junior guard James Smith III named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

Douglass High‘s James Smith III scored 24 points against Osborn and 20 points against Central to lead back to back victories and has been named Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week.

The development of the Hurricanes’ 6-2 junior guard is a key reason coach Pierre Brooks, in his first year at the school, is optimistic about the potential of his team.

DSC_0308“Nobody had varsity experience before this year,’’ Brooks said. “With all the seniors he had, (former coach) Nkwane (Young) thought it best to keep Smith on the JV to allow him to gain experience.”

Through 10 games, Douglass is 5-5 overall and tied for first place in the PSL East Division 11 with a 2-1 league record. Smith has been the catalyst, averaging 20 points and six assists for the season.

“He’s real savvy. He knows how to create space,’’ Brooks said of his floor leader. “He’s a traditional point guard, which you don’t find too much anymore.”

The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and is sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators.

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