Last week at the school as he was surrounded by classmates and teachers, Dougherty High basketball star Darrell Anthony, front row, second from left, signed with Middle Georgia College. He was joined at the table by, from left, mother, Andrea Sheppard, grandmother, Marlow Sheppard, and uncle, Arnie Sheppard. (Donald Poole/Dougherty High School)
ALBANY — He just couldn’t do enough.
That’s how Darrell Anthony feels about his senior season at Dougherty High, where he led the Trojans on and off the court.
“He was a leader,’’ Dougherty coach Donald Poole said of Anthony, who was often double-teamed because opponents knew Anthony was the player to stop at Dougherty.
Anthony may see the same double-teams at Middle Georgia, where he will be playing next year. He signed with MGC last Thursday and plans to major in physical education.
“I talked to Alabama State and I talked to some other junior colleges like East Georgia, Brewton-Parker and Waycross,’’ Anthony said. “But the coach at Middle Georgia had been talking to me all year, and I had a good connection with him.’’
Anthony, a 6-foot-3 forward, is silky-smooth inside and has the ability to score big numbers. He averaged 15 points and nine rebounds a game this past and also blocked an average of two shots a game.
He had a career-high 25-point, 11-rebound night against Statesboro in the U Save It Boys Basketball Tournament, but Dougherty had trouble at times on offense with a young team, and Anthony scored 20 or more points only three times.
“I felt I could have done more,’’ Anthony said. “I think I could have been scoring in the 20s (every night). It was an up-and-down season. We were kind of young. I expected more out of the season and more out of my performance. As a leader of the team we had to play as a team.
“We had a young team, and I think we got better and I thought we started coming together at the end of the season. I had a pretty good year, but felt I could have performed better.’’