Beast Douglas is living proof that one can prevail adversity and come back stronger than ever. He has overcome several obstacles throughout his young career, including a serious knee injury that nearly derailed his dreams of playing professionally and the loss of his mother.
The dynamic 6-foot-3 guard attended Kirkwood College (Iowa), where he averaged 11-points and six rebounds per game as a sophomore. He also finished in the top-20 in scoring and rebounding in the Iowa Community College Athletic Association. Beast went on to the University of Mary, where he got off to an electric start – playing 22 games the first season, including 13 straight starts, but was slowed 2013-2014 due to a knee injury.
After rehabbing his knee, he represented the University of Mary at the 2016 College Slam Dunk Championship in Houston during Final Four Weekend, where he bested seven other top-tier college dunkers and was crowned champion.
Winning the competition in front of millions of viewers on national television was one of the greatest accolades of his life, but the joy would last so long – 11 days after the competition his mother passed away.
“That was my toughest life challenge. I just had to tell myself that I’m strong and going to get through this and make my mother proud,” said Douglas, who has eight younger siblings.
Following the loss of his mother, Beast went back to school and earned his degree in behavioral science
Unknown to him, the dunking prowess and showmanship he displayed caught the eyes of recruiters with the Harlem Globetrotters and in June of 2016, Beast joined an elite group of Globetrotters when he was selected as part of the team’s 10th annual draft.
Beast is great friends with NFL running back and Arizona Cardinal’s star David Johnson. The two were teammates in high school and talk on phone nearly every day.
He also practices karate and credits the sport with helping him become more athletic. He is a big Bruce Lee fan and calls him the greatest fighter of all-time.