Harold Doby wants everyone to know he’s happy to return for his senior season.
The Jaguars forward was suspended from the program in January following a gun charge. He was later cleared. Doby took one summer class at Georgia Regents and is eligible to play for the basketball team this fall.
“It has been a long six months and I want to thank everyone in the city who has supported and encouraged me. I also want to thank Georgia Regents University, the Athletic Department and my teammates for believing in me,” Doby wrote in an e-mail statement. “Augusta is my hometown, and I am happy that I will have the chance next year to once again represent my city, my university and my teammates as a player on the men’s basketball team. Everything happens for a reason and I have learned a lot about myself and what I value. Life can change in the blink of an eye, and as my mother always tells me, struggle makes us stronger.
“As a senior next season, I want to go out on top, and I am excited about making a positive impact and helping our team continue the great tradition of Jaguar basketball. Our fans stuck with us last year, and my teammates and I will work harder than ever to make our city proud of us and how we play the game. The only day that will be better than the day I get to wear my basketball uniform again will be the day I walk across the stage with a degree from Georgia Regents University. And when I do get my degree, it will be because my hometown showed faith in me.”
Doby has started all 38 games of his career with the Jaguars. The team won its first six games last season and was 8-3 until Jan. 16, when Doby was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon in a school building. He was exonerated of the charge after the season, but the damage was done. Without Doby, the Jaguars lost 10 of their final 16 games, falling in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament quarterfinals.
Doby is one of 11 returners for next season. He’s averaged 11.9 points and 6.7 rebounds a contest.
“He’s a guy who brings energy and toughness,” Jaguars coach Dip Metress said. “We’re very excited to have him back.”