High School Sports

Cahokia’s Brock is bound for Kirkwood J.C.

Despite standing just a shade over 5-foot-3, Cahokia senior guard Ja’va Brock still dreams of a career in the Women’s National Basketball Association.

Later this summer, her quest to make that dream come true will continue in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

One of the top point guards in the South Seven Conference for the past two seasons, Brock announced Wednesday that she will play basketball at Kirkwood Junior College in Cedar Rapids.

Lightning-quick with unlimited 3-point range, Brock averaged just over 14 points per game and shot better than 30 percent from beyond the 3-point line. Brock is the second Cahokia player in less than two weeks to sign with Kirkwood, a top NJCAA Division II program, and will join teammate Dominique Jennings as two of the newest members of the Eagles.

“My dream is to play in the WNBA someday and this is just the next step toward me reaching that dream,’’ Brock said. “Kirkwood is only about four or five hours from home and when I went out there, I really liked the coach and the campus. It’s not an NCAA Division I school, but I’ll get there in a year or two.

“It’s also nice that Dominique (Jennings) is going there as well. It will be good to have somebody I know and like. We’ll be there for each other.”

Cahokia coach Fred Dancy said that Kirkwood is a good place for Brock as she continues to progress.

“Ja’va’s dream is to play in the WNBA and I know she will do everything possible to make that dream come true. But the important thing is that she’s going to get an education and with that education will be the opportunity to have a wonderful and successful career in life,” Dancy said. “We’ve sent, I believe, over 20 girls from this basketball program on to play college basketball since I have been the head coach here. We’re very proud of that.’’

Brock is undecided on a major at Kirkwood, but would like to be a basketball coach when her own playing days are finished.

“Hopefully that won’t come for a long time yet. I just love to play the game,’’ Brock said. “But I know the reason I’m going to college is to get an education and I’m going to do that.

“I’m excited about the future. I know I’ve got to be able to work on my game and improve my defense and ball-handling. I love basketball. I’ll do whatever it takes.’’

Contact reporter Dean Criddle at dcriddle@bnd.com or 618-239-2661.