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Throughout the summer, GoBonnies.com will feature interviews with members of the St. Bonaventure men's basketball team and their preparation for the 2017-18 season during off-season workouts. Our next Summer Session features Courtney Stockard.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The past two years have been anything but easy for Courtney Stockard.
After transferring from Allen Community College in Kansas prior to the 2015-16 season, he joined the Bonnies having a reputation of being an all-around player – a long wing with the ability to get to the rim, rebound and defend. Both Stockard and the Bonnies coaching staff had high hopes for him to contribute right away – but those hopes were quickly dashed after he suffered a broken bone in his right foot during a preseason practice.
With expectations high entering the 2016-17 season, Stockard was finally healthy again – until the first day of practice when he suffered a re-injury. That resulted in another surgery and another lost year.
The 6-foot-5 product of St. Louis was a dominant scorer while in junior college, leading his conference with a scoring average of 23.2 points per game while tallying over 1,000 points in two seasons. He ranked fifth in his conference at 9.0 rebounds per game while shooting over 48.5 percent from the floor and better than 32 percent from long range.
Now in his third year with the Bonnies program, he continues to work his way back to being cleared medically. As the summer continues, Stockard hopes to finally be able to fulfill his promise and to use the perspective he has gained while on the sidelines the past two years to help with his return to the court.
When you were re-injured last year, you had just gotten cleared to practice. What has the experience of the last year been like?
When it happened, I had been feeling it for a couple of months already. I just thought it was breaking up scar tissue and that maybe it was normal for rehab. The last time that it happened, it happened the first day of practice. I had an X-ray done and they told me that a screw was bending and would eventually break and I would have to have surgery again. It was devastating, but it has been a humbling experience. It has pros and cons.
How have you been able to help the team while you've been injured?
I've been able to watch the game from a different perspective, seeing things I wouldn't normally see. Watching from the sideline has definitely helped that. When you're on the outside looking in, you're seeing things that guys playing don't see. I try to tell the guys what the defense is doing, what to watch out for, something they might not see. Just be a support system for them.
How important have your teammates been to you through this process?
They've been very important. They've been very uplifting, very supportive of me, keeping my spirits up. They've been there for me when I'm down.
What is one thing you're hoping to take from this summer?
I just want to get back to being the regular me, being able to go full speed. I just want to be able to get out there and play. That's the number one priority for me.
Who has been the most impressive in off-season workouts so far?
I would have to say Josh Ayeni. He has really expanded his range and take guys off the dribble. He's just improved all-around, becoming stronger. I think he will be the X factor for us.
What are some of your strengths as a player?
I think I will be able to take some of the scoring load off of Jay and Matt. They'll obviously be keyed in on after the big season they had last year. I also will be able to bring energy on the defensive end.
What made you pick St. Bonaventure?
The guys when I came here to visit. I had a certain feeling about the guys when I came to visit. I knew when we played that we might have a chance to do something special.
Favorite basketball memory?
It would have to be my first dunk in high school. I actually dunked on somebody.
Getting to know … Courtney Stockard
Favorite food: Hot wings
Favorite athlete: Floyd Mayweather
Actor who would play you in a movie: Martin Lawrence
Hobbies: Video games, going fishing with my dad
Favorite movie: Menace To Society
Favorite TV show: The Wire
Favorite music artist: J-Cole
Dream job: Being a coach
Pre-game ritual: I have to make sure my playlist is right for the game.
Sport you would play besides basketball: Baseball
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