Killian boys basketball Phenomenal and underrated

caines | 1/11/2012, 8:08 a.m.

Hes the best player in Dade County youve never heard of, said Nick Ronda, head coach of the boys basketball team for Killian High, in regards to his senior guard, Doug Escobar. Escobar, 17, is the teams leading scorer, second in team assists and third in team rebounds. He has made a name for himself stepping up not only in district play, but also in non-district games including a battle against Carol City where he scored an impressive 20 points and added nine assists, nine rebounds and five steals. He can do everything above average, Ronda said. Score, pass, defense hes our playmaker. Escobar says that his expectations for his team (8-2) is to win their district (16-8A) and move on to compete in the state playoffs. After achieving success in their recent holiday tournament in Tennessee, Escobar adds that he has even more confidence in his team. When we won the tournament it showed us that we could win a championship, he said. He is not the flashy kind of player that one might expect. In fact, he is rather soft-spoken and according to his coach, highly underrated. But make no mistake basketball is in his blood. His mother, Aquaree Scott, a Killian alumni also played basketball. My mom motivates me, Escobar said, who started playing basketball at 11-years old, said. She tells me shes my number one fan. Escobar has been under the radar for much of his career but appears to finally be getting his just deserts. He was recently featured in a Gatorade commercial alongside teammate Theodore TJ Allen. Ronda predicts great things for his team leader. He doesnt realize how good he is, Ronda said. The more confident he plays the better the team looks. Team Record: 8-2 Escobars is averaging 15 points, three rebounds, five steals and four assists per game. By Akilah Lasterakilahlaster3@aol.comMiami Times Writer