Douglas Out of Action
Chicago Dunbar High School will be without their sharp shooting senior Jason Douglas, as he has been diagnosed with an enlarged heart.
Going in for a regular checkup at the doctors office last Tuesday, Douglas was shocked to find out of his condition.
"I'm not going to take a chance with it. They told me not to play the rest of my life."
"When the doctor told me, the first thing that went through my mind was that I'm not going to be playing ball again."
Originally having difficulties with this problem at the Back-to-School Shootout at Loyola (September 8th & 9th), Jason experienced a mild blackout while on the bench during Dunbar's game against Thornridge.
With his condition Jason is not advised to do any activities that require his heart to beat quickly, forcing him to be permanently sidelined.
"It was one of the saddest days in Dunbar History when I was told about JD," said Douglas' high school teammate Jason Straight. "In my opinion he is the best shooter in the whole state."
Last season Douglas averaged 20 plus points with his lightning quick trigger-release and a can't-miss shot that more often then not could be found splashing through the net. Always a great shooter, Douglas improved his dribbling skills to the point where he was a lethal weapon offensively.
Starting to show interest in Douglas was Northern Illinois and Hartford. However, Jason now confirms the worst, that he won't ever be playing basketball competitively again. Not even in college.
"I'm not going to take a chance with it," said the 61" shooting guard Douglas. "They told me to not play the rest of my life."
Genuinely regarded as a great individual on and off the court, many send their best wishes out to Jason for being such a strong individual able to cope with this.
"I'm sorry I'm not going to be able to help the team this year but with Coach Mike, they will still go far," said a somber Douglas.
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