Brad Dockemeyer learned more and more ways to make an impact on the floor as an upperclassmen on the Kokomo boys basketball team, and as a result, he’s going to get an opportunity to make an impact in college for the Manchester Spartans.
Dockemeyer will join the NCAA Division III school next season after finding his niche with the Wildkats. The senior combo forward averaged 4.2 points and 4.7 rebounds as a starter in his final year. Those numbers only tell part of the story.
“I started to realize that rebounding and defense both were huge parts of the game,” Dockemeyer said. “At the start of the season, I kind of came in and thought I’m going to play like I do ... scoring like a [small forward]. But I kind of switched to not be a scorer, but defense and rebounding.”
Adding the gritty work to his game didn’t go unnoticed.
“Brad did a great job of improving throughout the course of his career,” Kokomo coach Brian McCauley said. “Brad understood his role this year and he played his role really, really well. He was a big reason that we were able to win our sectional and get to the [Class 4A] sweet 16.
“He had great shot selection, he was solid for us defensively, particularly in rebounding, and he was smart offensively. He was a great example of what it is to understand your role and do that to the best of your ability to help your team.”
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Dockemeyer had 10 rebounds in Kokomo’s upset of Marion in sectional play.
He said opportunity to play, and the school’s environment, drew him to the North Manchester campus. He found classes comfortable and liked his future teammates.
“The classes are small and you’ll get your education, and the professors know everybody,” he said.