CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A strong, stocky build, endless motor and the ability to fill up a box score is exactly what Dwaine Osborne sought when he recruited guard Denzel Douglas to join him at the University of Texas-Permian Basin.
When Osborne became the coach at the University of Charleston, Douglas decided to follow, making UC's transition to a new coach virtually seamless.
Douglas, a 5-foot-10 senior, had 11 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot in Saturday's 89-76 loss to West Liberty.
Despite the defeat to West Liberty - the No. 2 team in the National Association of Basketball Coaches' NCAA Division II rankings - there appears to be plenty of upside to Douglas and the Golden Eagles.
It's certainly not lost on the native of Los Angeles, Calif.
"We just bonded," said Douglas, who was one of four UC newcomers who played against West Liberty. "They're No. 2, and we just got together, a lot of new people. I think we did good against the No. 2 team this early in the season."
He was one of seven UC players to play at least 21 minutes and had only three turnovers against West Liberty's high-energy pressure defense. The Hilltoppers were averaging 25.67 assists per game, but managed only 12 against UC. The Golden Eagles finished with 13, marking the first time in 30 regular season games the Hilltoppers had fewer assists than their opponent.
Two returnees - sophomore Aleksander Kesic and senior Xavier Humphrey - had 23 and 14 points respectively for UC. Douglas is part of a lineup that includes newcomers Baptiste Boucharel, a senior; Denio Chirindja, a freshman; and former Tug Valley star Austin Brewer, another freshman.
In his first four games in Division II - his final season of college eligibility - Douglas averages 10 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and two steals per game. And, the Golden Eagles are 3-0 away from Eddie King Gym.
So far, so good.
"I'm blessed I get to play with him (Osborne) my last year," Douglas said. "Most guys wouldn't take a guy with one year left, so it's a good situation."