John Douglas
John Douglas

Former Boston State Men's Basketball Head Coach and Boston Celtic great Jim Loscutoff described John "Gabby" Douglas as "an outstanding leader that set a great example and is one of the best pure shooters in Boston State history." One of the most talented shooters in Boston State history, Douglas helped the Warriors post a 72-30 record for a .706 winning percentage over his four-year career and as a co-captain, led them to the first-ever New England State College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship in 1971. During the title run, Douglas scored 91 playoff points over a three-game span in wins over Eastern CT State (83-78), Rhode Island College (101-90) and Salem State (86-80) to help bring home the crown. In the championship game, the forward scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to propel the Warriors to the win and an NAIA New England Regional berth. During his first two seasons, Douglas helped the Warriors capture the 1968 and 1969 Codfish Bowl Tournament championships. He was named a co-captain of the 1968-69 freshmen team in which he led in scoring with a 20.0 ppg average. As a sophomore, he'd lead the team with a .816 free throw percentage. Throughout his career, Douglas was recognized as the ECAC Player of the Week three times, once during each of the 1968-69, 1969-70 and 1970-71 seasons. He was tabbed an All Conference player by the NESCAC in both 1970 and 1971 after ranking second in scoring as junior with a 9.9 ppg average while leading the team in scoring his senior year with a 16.9 ppg average. After being chosen as a Boston State College Scholar Athlete in 1971, the highlight of Douglas's career came when he was chosen as a member of the 1971 class of Outstanding College Athletes in America by coaches and athletics directors who honor America's finest student-athletes that have distinguished themselves through character, leadership, sacrifice, scholarship and perfectly disciplined will. When Douglas graduated he was the fifth all-time leading scoring in BSC history with 983 career points. The former captain and All-Scholastic forward at St. Columbkille's High School went on to teach science and coach varsity basketball at Stoughton High School where he has been for the past 34 years, compiling a 343-287 career record.