Leon Douglas (born August 26, 1954) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA and other leagues. A bulky 6–10 ft and 230 lbs center at the University of Alabama, he was a four-time All-Southeastern Conference selection, the first Alabama player to achieve this distinction since Jerry Harper earned it in 1953-1956.
A player of distinction, Douglas was Alabama's first first round NBA Draft pick, selected fourth overall by the Detroit Pistons in 1976. Douglas played 4 years with the Pistons and then joined the Kansas City Kings from 1980 to 1983. Douglas was also a member of the Gold Medal 1976 United States Pan American Team that played in Mexico City, Mexico. He played in the Italian league for more than a decade, His stellar career led him to being inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
Douglas spent the 2004-2006 seasons as the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, where he led the Tigers to the 2005-2006 SIAC Tournament Championship, advancing to the NCAA DII basketball tournament. Coach Douglas led the Tuskegee University basketball program as the Head Men's Basketball Coach from 2006-2014. He led the Golden Tigers to unprecedented success as his team were champions of the south region and advanced to the elite eight, the furthest an SIAC school has ever gone in the NCAA Division II basketball tournament. He resigned in August 2014. He is currently the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Miles College, another SIAC institution.
By Dean Hanley
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