Blue Devil Alumni
One of the most storied basketball players in Quincy High School history, Bruce Douglas played on four teams that compiled a 123-5 record and finished in the final four of the Class AA state tournament three times. Douglas was a reserve on the 1978-79 team that won 32 straight games and finished second in the state. He broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore, and was the team’s leading scorer with a 19.4 average, as the Devils went 26-3. The year of 1980-81 was magic; as Douglas led Quincy to a record of 33-0 and an Illinois State title. As a junior Douglas collected every award imaginable. He was chosen as an All-American by Street & Smith, named to every All-State team in Illinois, and selected as Quincy’s Most Valuable Player. In addition to setting the scoring pace for Quincy, Bruce dished out a team leading 244 assists and pulled down 5 rebounds per game. Highly recruited by schools across the country, Douglas set the pace, as Quincy rolled off 31 straight wins, and finished with a mark of 32-1 and a third place trophy. Douglas was “Mr. Everything” in 1982; averaging 21.6 points per game, dealing out 7 assists per game and collecting just over 7 rebounds as well. Post season awards were numerous. Douglas was named to the Parade All-America team, was named “Mr. Basketball” in Illinois, was the Quincy Herald-Whig Player of the Year, and held his spot on the numerous all-state teams around Illinois. He graduated as the school’s all-time leading scorer (2040), second leading rebounder (709), and was second in assists (643). He attended the University of Illinois on a basketball scholarship and was a four year starter there. Douglas excelled at Illinois; was named co-Big Ten Player of the year and at one point held the record for assists and steals. Bruce played briefly for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and saw some time in the CBA before pursuing a career in business. Courtesy of Blue Devil Hall of Fame.