Posted On: 01/23/17 3:41 PM
Photo Credit: Bryant Billing
Some players who transfer schools struggle their first several games to find their rhythm. For Darius Quisenberry, this is not the case. Transferring from Tecumseh to Wayne HS has been smooth so far for the #8 player in the Prep Hoops Ohio Class of 2018 player rankings.
It is not surprising Darius plays point guard for Wayne considering he has great court vision, and is able to find the open man. What is surprising however, is the high intensity this young guard plays at. When he cuts hard to the rim, he cuts with a purpose. When the ball is on the ground, he is diving on the floor for it. Not only can Darius play physical, but his shooting is excellent as well. In fact, since he started playing in January, Darius has shot 41% from the 3-point line, and 44% from the floor. Darius tells me his shooting touch, as well as his ball-handling are his greatest strengths. “While I was sitting out, I would shoot 500 shots a day”.
Due to OHSAA transfer rules, Darius had to sit the first 11 games of the season before he was eligible to play. I asked him “what were the biggest changes in competition and style of play going from Tecumseh to Wayne?” He told me “game wise, the competition is tougher and the style of play is different”. This isn’t a surprising response considering 2 of Darius’ first games back were GWOC opponents (Springfield, Springboro) and the other was a nationally known team (Huntington Prep).
While at Tecumseh, Darius averaged around 22 points per game. He told me there wasn’t really any pressure on him to be a high scorer at Wayne, but he had thought about it and talked to Coach Travis Trice about it as well. “Coach Trav wants me to lead the team at point guard”. These leadership qualities, as well as talking on defense, are two skills Darius wants to improve before the OHSAA tournament starts. “I’m going to college for being a point guard, not for scoring”.
As of now, Darius has 3 college offers from Wright State, Akron and Oakland. He also named several other schools that have expressed interest including: Ohio State, Dayton, Butler, and Cincinnati to name a few. As the high school season winds down and AAU begins, expect many of these interested schools to offer scholarships to this sharp-shooting hard working point guard from Wayne.