Myles Douglas, right, shown at Friends School during the 2014-15 season, has committed to play college basketball at Central Florida.
Myles Douglas, right, shown at Friends School during the 2014-15 season, has committed to play college basketball at Central Florida. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Former Friends basketball standout Myles Douglas, now a rising senior at Paul VI Catholic in Virginia, has made a verbal commitment to play at the University of Central Florida.

Douglas, a 6-foot-6 small forward, was a two-year starter at Friends before averaging 10 points and five rebounds at Paul VI this past season.

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A four-star recruit by ESPN, Douglas said Central Florida's new coaching staff -- including head coach Johnny Dawkins and assistant Kevin Norris (Lake Clifton) -- was a determining factor.

"Those guys really believed in me more than the others that were recruiting me.  I think it's a great fit for me," Douglas said.

He also had scholarship offers from Maryland, West Virginia, Miami, Georgia Tech and Xavier, among others.

Dawkins, a standout point guard at Duke who went on to coach eight seasons at Stanford, took over the program in March. Norris, a standout player at Miami who was an assistant coach at USC the past three seasons, was hired by Dawkins a week later.  Norris' ties to Baltimore comforted Douglas.

"Myles is a skilled big kid who can do it all," said Holley, Douglas' former coach at Friends. "He plays unselfish, works hard and loves the game.  His success was inevitable."

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