Duncan Douglas joined the University of Maine basketball team this fall after rehabilitating a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered after a successful 2015-2016 season at Santa Monica College in California.
But that rehab process was slowed this fall by a painful foot injury that now has prompted the 6-foot-6, 230-pound junior forward to discontinue his basketball career and leave UMaine at the end of the fall semester.
Douglas has been enrolled as a student in the child development and family relations major.
“I met a lot of amazing people during my time at the University of Maine,” said Douglas in a news release issued by the school late Wednesday afternoon. “I would like to thank coach (Bob) Walsh and the entire coaching staff for the opportunity I was given.”
Douglas has battled through several injuries during an athletic career that included playing basketball and football at Coronado High School in Lubbock, Texas, before attending Santa Monica College where he averaged 10.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game two seasons ago.
He sat out last season to address his knee injury before being recruited to UMaine in the hope that he could help boost the team’s inside game.
Douglas did not appear in a game for the Black Bears.
“Duncan has tried to come back from his foot injury and a number of different injuries over a couple of years and his body just won’t do it for him anymore,” said Walsh on Tuesday. “Unfortunately, we thought he’d be a big part of what we’re doing and he’s just not going to be able to do it.”
Douglas is one of several UMaine players dealing with injuries.
Junior guard Trae Bryant, who started four of UMaine’s first seven games, began experiencing back problems during the team’s Nov. 26 win at Quinnipiac, then played just seven minutes in a loss at Georgetown before sitting out the last two contests.
Redshirt sophomore wing Isaiah White, out with a sprained ligament in his foot since starting the season opener at Boston College, returned to practice for the first time since that game Monday and is working toward a return to action, Walsh said.
Sophomore guard Danny Evans missed the game against the University of Maine at Presque Isle due to an ankle sprain but is expected to return to action Friday when 2-7 UMaine hosts 2-4 Dartmouth at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
Junior forward Ilija Stojiljkovic, one of the team’s leading rebounders, was injured during the UMPI contest and his immediate status is unknown.
And redshirt sophomore center Vincent Eze, a starter during the 2016-2017 campaign, already had been shelved for this season after undergoing offseason hip surgery.
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