Frederick Douglass Academy Basketball Coach Pierre Brooks Sr. sees something special in this year’s varsity team: experience.

“This should be a great season,” the 19-year coach says, “because many of my players are experienced.”

“Topping the list of returning players is senior Edward Banks,” says Brooks. “He has been on the team for four years and he knows the in’s and out’s, so we are counting on him.” This is the first year that the 17-year-old forward is starting.

A newcomer this year is someone very familiar to Brooks: His son 6’4' wing player, Pierre Brooks Jr. The 14-year-old freshman is the top ranked freshman basketball player in Michigan. According to Detroit Free Press, he was ranked 22nd and was the only freshman in the top 30. Nationally, he is ranked 36 according to Runna Report.

Also returning from last year’s 16-5 team are twins Dean and Sean Fulton. And joining the varsity team this year is junior Davon Allen, who led the junior varsity last year to the division championship and averaged a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. They join junior Jalen Pickett  and senior Markise Brown.

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Coach Pierre Brooks Sr., says the varsity team experience will lead to a great season.

This year’s players say they are looking forward to the season, which began Dec. 6 with a win against Annapolis in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. They start the season with the record 1-0. “We feel very confident, but we’re eager to do well and win a championship," Banks said.

Brooks says he looks “forward to the Frederick Douglass staff, students and their families coming out” to support the team.

He is planning to coach for at least 4 more years - guiding his son’s high school career -- then he’d like to pursue an athletic director position.

He says he takes pride in seeing young men be successful and career-driven on and off the court.