Thursday, January 5, 2017

Docks Leads Team to League Championship

Mason Docks-2022 East Lansing, MI

In Michigan, many of the middle school basketball leagues have already concluded their 2016/2017 seasons. For Mason Docks (5’7/PG/2022/East Lansing), the culmination of his Lansing Christian School basketball season ended in a 10-1 record and a Greater Lansing Athletic Conference Co-Championship. Averaging 23 points and 6 assists per game, Docks was rewarded with team MVP honors. We’ve had the opportunity to evaluate Docks on several occasions; both with his Michigan Prospectors travel team as well as at our Buckeye Prep Elite Showcases.  In fact, at our spring showcase last March, Docks rode a standout performance to an all-star game selection and a top 10 ranking.

The best part of Docks’ game is his ability to make his teammates better.  Although he can score at all three levels, Docks is a pass-first floor general who often passes up opportunities to get his own offense in order to set his teammates up to score.  He knows how to run a team, has a high basketball IQ, plays with great pace and has great intangibles. Docks is also athletic and able to finish with contact with drives to the cup.  He makes the game look so easy, that after a game his stat line is surprisingly stuffed.

The last time we saw Docks our post event report reflected the following evaluation: “We could not have been more impressed with the play of Mason Docks (5’4/PG/Lansing, MI), who is one of the best 6th grade PGs we’ve seen all spring. Along with an elite handle and a high basketball IQ, Docks is quick, understands the game and just seems to always make the right play.  Oh yea, he can shoot it, but he prefers to make the pass first, which is just what you want in a floor general.  Like his brother Chris Harrison-Docks, who played at Butler and is now at DePaul, Docks has an excellent chance to play D-I ball with continued growth and development.”

Docks’ skills and natural abilities are not surprising, as he comes from great stock. Docks’ father, Ted, hooped for Morehead State University from 1995 until 1999, and his older brother, Chris Harrison-Docks is a senior guard at DePaul University. Although he’s reluctant to say it, the elder Docks suggested that his younger son might be the best of the bunch by the time it’s all said and done.  “Chris was more polished and a scorer at this age, but Mason is more athletic and better able to take the bump going to the basket,” Docks father stated.  Having coached both of his sons, he has a great perspective of what each brings to the table.

Docks is also a good student as evidenced by his 3.6 GPA, and he also loves science.  Although Docks played travel soccer when he is younger, and may play high school soccer, he’s concentrating on basketball for now.  We look forward to seeing Docks again when his Michigan Prospectors teams come to Columbus to participate in our March 31st-April 2nd Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament.  For our college coaches, who regularly visit this site, we suggest you take an early look at Docks, as he easily projects as a D-I PG going forward if he stays on his current track!

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