Red Rock Central standout Jeff DeCock recently signed to continue his basketball career at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa.
Iowa Lakes compiled a 26-8 overall record during the 2012-13 season and was the Region XI champion, advancing to the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament where it went 0-2.
"It all started last year," DeCock said of his choice to join the Lakers. "They had a mini-camp for our AAU team, so I got to meet the coaches then last year. Then this year, they had a really good season and made it all the way to nationals and that was a big draw there. I went down and visited and liked the style of play, I thought I could fit in well there.
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Red Rock Central’s Jeff DeCock, right, finished his career ranked second in school history in scoring with 1,376 points. During his senior season he averaged 22 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2 steals per game for the Falcons and made 160 of 226 free throw attempts.
"It was nice that it was close to home," DeCock, a Lamberton native, added. "It's only 20 minutes past Jackson, so it's really not too far away for me and that's nice."
DeCock, whose 1,376 career points rank second all-time at RRC, was a three-time first team All-Red Rock Conference selection and was chosen to the Independent All-Area first team the past two years.
Along with his scoring, DeCock is able to impact the game in any number of ways. He has career totals of 383 rebounds, 351 assists and 162 steals to back up his impressive point totals. DeCock also holds the Red Rock Central single-game scoring record with 42 points, thanks in large part to his 16-for-16 free throw performance against the Adrian Dragons in the second round of the Section 3A playoffs on March 2.
Versatile and athletic, DeCock said he will continue to work on his fundamentals to be ready for the start of the season.
"I'd say my athleticism should really help me at the next level," DeCock said. "This summer and through the fall, I will really be working on my game a lot. Hopefully everything, shooting, ball-handling, passing, will be ready."
The Lakers, under sixth-year head coach Troy Larson, play an up-tempo style with a focus on defense, rebounding and transition offense. At 6-foot-2 and outrageously athletic, DeCock should fit in well with the Lakers.
"Jeff is a very athletic guard who can play numerous positions," Larson said in a statement released by Iowa Lakes. "His versatility has allowed him to be a very good high school player. He is a great young man who I am looking forward to coaching."
DeCock averaged 22 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists and two steals per game during his senior season, while leading the Falcons to a 16-10 overall record and third-place finish in the conference behind state qualifier Mountain Lake Area and state champion Southwest Minnesota Christian.
When not excelling at multiple sports for Red Rock Central, DeCock also played for the Southwest Minnesota Stars AAU basketball program. DeCock becomes the seventh Stars alumnus in the class of 2013 to sign a letter of intent for basketball. AAU teammate Morgan Traylor, of Worthington, will also be joining the Lakers, while Marshall's Austin Saugstad signed with Augustana on April 17.
"AAU helped so much," DeCock said. "It's a totally different level of play from high school basketball. Even the practices, you're playing with all the best players from the area every time you go to practice."
DeCock also became the third representative of the 2013 Independent All-Area team to confirm a college commitment, joining Saugstad and Dawson-Boyd's Nathaniel Huot.