Dribbles and Drives: Learning the New Experiences of College Hoops

Dribbles and Drives from Inside the House that Cazzie Built
FRIDAY, JAN. 23 -- Learning the New Experiences of College Basketball

In just his third collegiate contest, Stu Douglass made his presence felt with the Michigan basketball team by scoring in double figures at Madison Square Garden, against the fourth-ranked team in the nation, helping U-M knock off UCLA. Douglass continued to be a reliable contributor for the Wolverines throughout the rest of the non-conference schedule.

As happens with so many freshmen however, Douglass hit a rough stretch as conference play began and the opposition became more familiar with his abilities. But like any quality player, Douglass has worked through those difficult stretches and has come off the bench to score 12 points against Ohio State and nine points against Penn State in the last two games.

"Definitely as a shooter I've been in a lot of different funks but you just have to shoot your way out of it," said Douglass. "I'm just coming into my shot again, getting the opportunities and knocking down some shots. It feels good getting back into the offense and it's really just about playing within the game and within our system."

Despite some of the struggles that Douglass experienced, including averaging just 1.6 points per contest in the first five Big Ten games, the freshman from Carmel, Ind., knew that things would get better.

"I worked on my shot a little bit but it really just happens," said Douglass. "I'm still a freshman, experiencing things, having some ups and downs, I think that is just what happens, especially being a freshman. The Big Ten season is definitely different from the non-conference, that has been a whole new learning experience but it is definitely becoming more comfortable."

Having begun to break out of his personal struggles on the court, Douglass knows that the key for the Maize and Blue to break out of its current three-game slide as a team is to stay positive and continue to get better.

"We just have to work that much harder and be persistent," said Douglass. "We can't give up. We're on a three-game losing streak, but that happens sometimes, we just have to keep going 100 percent and improve every day."

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