Quincy Douby played three years at Rutgers University. In that time, the 6’3” shooting guard was one of the most dominant scoring forces in the nation.
Since moving overseas, Douby has simply picked up where he left off.
While attending Rutgers, Douby consistently made his name as a lethal 3-point shooter. Beyond his shooting, Douby had an uncanny ability to attack the basket off of the dribble and get to the line.
Regardless of how he did it, Douby lit up the scoreboard with poise and dominance. As a junior, Douby led the Big East in scoring at 25.4 points per game, doing so on a stunning slash line of .462/.401/.847.
That season, Douby topped 30 points in eight games and 20 points in 25 outings—a dominant undersized player.
That summer, Douby entered the 2006 NBA draft. He was selected 19th overall by the Sacramento Kings and played for them until 2009. After playing just seven games for the Toronto Raptors, however, Douby’s NBA career was done.
The best thing that ever happened to him.
Douby played in Turkey from 2009 to 2010. In that time, he was a reputable player that contributed at a quality enough level to earn future opportunities. Upon making the transition to China, however, Douby reached an entirely new level of success.
Thus far in 2012-13, Douby is averaging 31.6 points per game and had a 75-point outing earlier this season. (Yes, 75) He’s considered by many to be one of the top players in the CBA and has been in competition with Stephon Marbury for the claim of the “best scorer in China.”
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On par with his college status, Douby is one of the most revered scorers in the world. What else is new?
Keith Langford was one of the players who set the mold for Kansas 2-guards. As the new generation is made up of capable ball handlers who thrive in flex facilitating roles, Langford played in that capacity before it was the popular thing to do.
That was simply life with Langford, as he displayed an ability to thrive in any role he was tasked with embracing.
Due to his versatility, Langford was one of the Big 12’s most revered players. He was a respected scorer, high-quality rebounder, dominant athlete and opportunistic defender—truthfully, Langford was a jack-of-all trades.
When he was asked to become a relied upon spot-up shooter, Langford went from 28.9 percent shooting from three-point range in 2003 to 35.8 percent in 2004.
Although he never made the leap to elite, the 6’4″ shooting guard had no trouble making his mark. Langford helped lead Kansas to three Elite Eight appearances, two Final Four berths and one trip to the National Championship game.
Since leaving Kansas, Langford has been all over the world. He’s played for 11 teams in the U.S., Italy, Russia and Israel. In 2009, however, the journey hit a high point as Langford made his mark and created a reputation as one of the best players in Europe. As a member of Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna in Italy, Langford guided the team to a Euro Challenge championship in 2009. He was the MVP of the Final Four at the Euro Challenge, thus catapulting his status to stardom amongst international scouts.
Langford would proceed to make a lengthy stint with BC Khimki in Moscow, Russia. He continued to develop a reputation as a respected scorer, all the while maintaining a high enough Player Index Rating to garner love from statisticians and scouts.
In 2011-12, Langford spent time with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. Tel Aviv is one of the more powerful teams in international play and benefited immediately from Langford’s presence.
Langford led Maccabi Tel Aviv to the 2011-12 Adriatic Championship—Langford was, again, the Final Four MVP. His stock continued to soar, which led Langford to signing with Olimpia Milano in Italy.
That is where he currently plays, which has proven to be a brilliant move. Langford is averaging 17.0 points per game in EuroLeague play and 13.0 points on lights out shooting in Italy’s Serie A.
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