With an offer of college basketball and an injury that ended his junior high school season, Las Vegas native Chris Dockery decided with his parents that the best thing he could do to be ready for basketball. varsity ball was to move to Los Angeles.
Two years later, that path opened up more Division I offerings and will lead him to Ogden.
The Weber State men’s basketball got its first entry for the 2022 class when the 6-foot-6 goaltender Dockery announced his verbal commitment to the Wildcats Thursday morning.
Dockery is rated as a Three Star Rookie by 247 Sports and holds offerings from San Diego State, Nevada, New Mexico, Fresno State, and others.
More recently, he said Nevada and Drexel were the most in touch and Oregon State had started checking him out in Los Angeles in Middlebrooks Academy training, but his recent experience with Weber State was too fit for maintain its recruitment.
“What made me comfortable was the relationship with the players,” said Dockery. “The relationship with Coach (Randy) Rahe and all that clicked. Everything I was looking for in a school was definitely here, which I haven’t seen in other schools.
Dockery began speaking with WSU assistant Eric Daniels in mid-August, who told him Weber had his eye on him during his summer games with the Las Vegas Knicks.
A few weeks later, he spoke with Rahe on the phone and was officially proposed. Two weeks ago he made an official visit to Ogden with his parents.
“When I watched them practice, I saw how interactive the coaches were with the players. It really marked me. Every coach was involved and in many schools not all coaches are always with their players, ”said Dockery. “I saw a lot of things about player development before training, and it really struck me and showed that they really care about their players.”
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He spent time chatting with WSU sophomore Dillon Jones, who answered his questions and detailed what life would be like in the program.
“All the things he really insisted on were items on my checklist for finding a school,” Dockery said.
Dockery’s only offering while playing in Las Vegas was from southern Utah, a staff with close ties to Vegas. He left for Los Angeles and graduated from Cathedral High School, across from Dodger Stadium. He has scored 16.5 points per game on 61% of shots in eight games, according to MaxPreps, as COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the 2020-21 schedule.
He stayed there and enrolled in Middlebrooks Academy, a prep school that operates out of Cathedral High and has recent alumni like Colorado alumnus and 76ers pick Tyler Bey (another Vegas player at Middlebrooks ) and former Idaho State player Gary Chivichyan, who is now in the NBA G League.
Over the past year, he’s racked up offers from the aforementioned schools and other California schools including San Jose State, Long Beach, and Cal State Bakersfield.
“I just saw Dockery again at the #Borderleague”, Eric Bossi tweeted, National Basketball Director for 247 Sports, on recent games in Arizona after seeing the news of Dockery’s commitment to Weber State. “Long, active, versatile. Should become a very high level player for them.
Dockery said the downhill with the ball and the score, as well as his transition play, were some of his strengths – but he connected with Rahe for something else.
“I like to be altruistic, I like to pass the ball on to others. It’s what I think is one of the most underrated things about my game that a lot of people don’t see, ”he said. “Coach Rahe saw it, though, and that’s what I also liked, is that they watched the movie and he saw how much I love passing the ball.”
Given its current list of offers and 20 more games to point out to Middlebrooks, it was possible that Dockery could have courted more opportunities in the next five months. He said it was not a strategy that interested him.
“I’m just 100% locked in Weber. Their coaching staff took a chance on me so I can get in there and focus on improving and learning their thing, watching their season go, that was one of my main goals not to wait, ”said Dockery. “I saw a lot of people wait and things got really messed up and everything, so I wanted to lock it down, start building that relationship and get ready to be on campus next year.”