Rutgers basketball great Quincy Douby is being inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame today at a ceremony during halftime of the Homecoming game. On the ten year anniversary of being selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, I wrote a tribute on Douby in June 2016. If you want to understand how great Douby was from a statistical perspective, both in his time at Rutgers and in his lengthy pro career, you can find my breakdown here. I didn’t want to rehash that article, but I also didn’t want to let his induction pass without some reflection.
In my opinion, Quincy is the best player who has put on a Rutgers uniform in more than the past couple decades. There were several very good players over the years, including Myles Mack, who I waxed poetic about his legacy soon after I joined this site here. Dave White and I assembled an All-Decade Team for the 2000’s for Rutgers basketball and while Douby was a no-brainer addition, it stuck out to me then, how far and above his career was over anyone else we included.
Think about how hard it is for any athlete to make any Hall of Fame. Douby is making it for Rutgers after only playing three years.
He was one of the best scorers I’ve ever seen ever play college basketball. He could shoot lights out from three and was like an assassin attacking the basket with his running one-hander, which became an almost unstoppable weapon. His ability to light it up and get the RAC to explode was truly special. He provided real hope in leading Rutgers at a time that the Big East conference was a meat grinder every game. Douby was target #1 for any opponent and he worked tirelessly to get off his shot. The phrase, “You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him” is never more true then when said about Douby. That fact that he led the Big East in scoring in his last season and is the only Rutgers player ever to be named an All-Big East First Team selection in almost two decades in the league says a lot.
However, the true greatness of any player should be defined by the fact that any time they are on the court, as a fan, you felt your team could beat anyone. That’s what Quincy Douby made you feel like rooting for Rutgers during those three seasons in the mid-2000’s. In the past 25 years, Rutgers has had just four winning seasons. The last two took place when Douby roamed the RAC and there hasn’t been one since he left. With Steve Pikiell now leading the program, that streak seems destined to end soon, perhaps even this season. Douby, who is still connected to the program, would be thrilled, but his impact on Rutgers basketball will never be forgotten. He is a true great in program history and deserves to take his rightful place in the Rutgers Hall of Fame today. If you want a trip down memory lane, check out this highlight video of Quincy Douby’s Rutgers career.
Other inductee profiles we covered were of former Athletic Director Bob Mulcahy and former Rutgers quarterback Ray Lucas. For a full list and profiles of all of the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees from the Rutgers Athletic Department, click here.