David Stockton’s famous footsteps
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
SPOKANE, Wash. — Even with a long family history of ties to Gonzaga — dating to a great-grandfather who played halfback at the school in the 1920s — David Stockton wasn’t a slam-dunk to join the Bulldogs.
In fact, after his high school years at Gonzaga Prep, he thought he’d want to go to college far away from Spokane. But when the Zags — the only Division I school that showed interest in him — reached out, Stockton listened. He redshirted in 2009-10, came off the bench in 2010-11 and earned a scholarship by late January of that season.
Stockton, the son of retired Utah Jazz star and Basketball Hall of Famer John Stockton, is the third in his immediate family to attend Gonzaga. His father played basketball (of course), and his mother played volleyball. Stockton and his brothers grew up around basketball, watching their dad and learning to play themselves. Despite having an All-Star father, Stockton said he never felt pressure to play the sport, love the sport or be successful in the sport. To this day, his father won’t offer criticism of his play unless Stockton asks for it.
This season, the point guard is playing significant minutes for the No. 3 Bulldogs, averaging 3.8 points and 3.2 assists in 18.3 minutes a game. USA TODAY Sports’ Nicole Auerbach recently caught up with Stockton:
On my iPod
Everything. There’s country, hip-hop, R&B. A lot of old stuff, actually. I don’t update my iPod usually. Kelly (Olynyk) is the guy who usually plays music in our house.
Any music before a game?
I don’t listen to music. Everybody (else) does.
My “welcome to Division I college basketball” moment
It was our first day of practice. We were just doing rebounding drills, and the point guard who was there at the time, I had to box him out and he basically broke my rib on the first one. I was like, “Oh my goodness.”
Current NBA players I admire
Tony Parker and Chris Paul are fun to watch. I play the point guard position as well, so (I watch) how they pass and score, get in there against big guys.