MOUNT VERNON – With his family, friends, former coaches, current coaches, teammates, school principal, district superintendent and other school personnel surrounding him, Mount Vernon High School senior Jason Douglas-Stanley determined the next phase of his life after graduation, signing a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for George Mason University next year.
“This was unbelievable,” Douglas-Stanley said of the gathering. “I simply want to thank everyone for coming and offering me such love and support.”
He quickly grew a strong reputation as a confident and successful shooter from all spots on the court for Mount Vernon. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard has averaged 20 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds per game in his first three years at Mount Vernon. Last year, he hit a career high 31 points, 19 of which were scored in the first quarter in a home game against White Plains. He was also part of the 2017 state championship team.
Douglas-Stanley chose George Mason because he felt it was the best situation for him, both on and off the court. It was a situation where he felt he can fill a need for the team as a scorer.
Mount Vernon Coach Bob Cimmino hosted the ceremony at the high school Thursday where more than 50 people attended and several coaches, players and district personnel spoke.
“This is a very special day for all of us,” Cimmino said. “It’s right up here with winning the state championship when you have one of your players be so successful. … This is the one time I say that it is OK to see your mother cry in the community room of Mount Vernon High when you earn a full scholarship.”
Rondine Stanley, Jason’s mother, thanked everyone for their support of Jason and said her family has been very blessed. “I am your No. 1 fan. I love you,” she said told him.
Principal Ronald Gonzalez told the crowd that it is always especially satisfying to see a student be committed to the hard work that it takes to be successful. “Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see our students, and particularly our student athletes, put in the extra work and see the benefit come to fruition.”
Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton said he was proud of the opportunities the students enjoy and experience because of the dedication and hard work of the staff and teachers who make those opportunities happen.
“Each time one of our students is acknowledged in the way that Jason is it is an affirmation about a couple of things. One is that our mission to make sure we are reaching children one a one-on-one basis … and connecting them to the kinds of supports and services that they need in order to reach their full potential. It confirms that for me,” he said. “The other thing that it does is it gives us hope. Not everyone is going to be in Jason’s position. But, what it does say is that through hard work and dedication and consistency and making choices that are aligned with the fiber of who you are and what you represent as a family unit and how you not stray so far away from the structure that your parents have established for you because at the end of the day, all parents want their kids to be successful.”