Leads returnees with 17 career double-digit scoring games ... saw the majority of his playing time last season at the center position ... has the ability to play power forward as well.
As a Junior (2002-03)
Played in all 30 games with 27 starts in his first season with the Dukes ... averaged 28.3 minutes per game ... scored in double digits 17 times with a season high of 29 points vs. West Virginia ... the 29 points were the most by a Duquesne player in 2003 and most by a DU big man since Derrick Alston scored 30 vs. Detroit Mercy in the first round of the 1993 MCC Tournament ... Dokes hit 8-of-11 shots from the field (including four dunks) and 13-of-18 from the line vs. the Mountaineers ... topped 20 for the second time with 21 vs. Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 7 ... led the team with 107 free throw attempts (75-of-107, 70.1%) ... shot 65 percent (13-20) from the field and averaged 15.5 ppg. and 6.5 rpg. in two games vs. First Team All-American David West of Xavier (16-6 at Xavier & 15-7 at home) ... earned a spot on the FIU New Year's Classic All-Tournament team with 26 points and 13 rebounds (including 11 boards vs. St. Francis, N.Y.) in two games ... broke out of a 2-of-16 two game slump with 14 points (5-10) at Fordham and followed that with 12 (5-8) vs. George Washington ... scored in double digits in five of his last seven games ... shot 57.6 percent from the field over that season-ending span ... finished the year with 37 assists from the center position ... also blocked 28 shots.
Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill. (head coach Rick Arp) ... averaged 12.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 25.2 minutes per game as a sophomore ... earned NJCAA All-Region 24 first-team honors for a Lincoln Trail team that finished 16-15 (5-9 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference) ... named All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference ... converted 55 percent from the field and 64 percent from the free throw line as a sophomore ... scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds twice vs. eventual fourth place national finisher Wabash Valley College ... averaged 9.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as a freshman ... was also recruited by Southern Illinois, Western Michigan, UNC Charlotte and Southwest Missouri State.
Riley High School in South Bend, Ind. (head coach Tom DeBaets) ... averaged 12.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in 1999-00 as a senior for 16-9 South Bend Riley ... scored a career high 33 points and added 18 rebounds vs. Elkhart Memorial ... was named second team all-state by Hoop Scoop ... named team MVP as a junior and senior.
Originally signed with Ball State prior to enrolling at Lincoln Trail ... committed to the Dukes in the spring of 2002 ... wears a size 19 to 20 basketball shoe (depending on the brand) ... used to spend summers playing pick-up games with Notre Dame players including David Graves, Chris Thomas, Troy Murphy and Ryan Humphrey ... lists Jared Jeffries (AAU/Indiana/Washington Wizards), Zach Randolph (AAU/Michigan State/Portland Trailblazers) and Antwain Barbour (Wabash Valley CC/Kentucky) among the best players he has faced ... his father, Ron Sr., has worked in the food services department at Notre Dame for 20 years ... communication studies major ... full name is Ronald Lee Dokes ... date of birth: 10/31/81.
CAREER STATS FOR RON DOKES
YEAR G/GS MIN/AVG FG-AT PCT 3M-AT PCT FT-AT PCT REB A TO BK S PTS-AVG
2003 30/27 848/28.3 115-238 .483 3-17 .176 75-107 .701 153-5.1 37 81 28 18 308-10.3
CAREER HIGHS FOR RON DOKES
Points 29, West Virginia (Jr.)
Rebounds 11, vs. St. Francis, N.Y. (Jr.)
Assists 4, George Washington (Jr.)
Blocks 3, two times (Jr.)
Steals 4, at George Mason (Jr.)
Minutes 36, Mount St. Mary's (Jr.)
THE DOKES FILE
Nickname (if any): Gooch
The three words that best describe me are: Big, strong & willing What would be the movie's title? "The Life of Ronald Dokes"
Who would you choose to play the starring role in a movie about your life?: Charlie Villanueva
If I was picking a starting five for my Dream Team, I'd choose: Kevin Garnett, Shaq, T-Mac, Carmelo Anthony and Jason Kidd
Other than basketball, the sport I'd like to try is: Football
If you were forced to give up all your possessions but one, what would you keep?: My watch
My favorite basketball player of all time is: Kevin Garnett
My first impression of Coach Nee was: This is a "funny" guy. Lots of energy!
The player on this team who will surprise this year is: Jon Pawlak
The player on this team most likely to become a coach is: Tyler Bluemling
The teammate that makes me laugh hardest is: Bryant McAllister
The best video game player on the team is: Jon Pawlak
The one thing that makes Duquesne unique is: The people
The thing I like most about Pittsburgh is: The Duquesne basketball team
My favorite spot on campus is: The gym
If I could change one thing about the game of basketball I would: Make the guards become big men, and the big men become guards.
The biggest misconception about being a student-athlete is: Cockiness
When I played basketball as a kid, I pretended I was: Chris Webber
Before every basketball game I: Listen to Jay-Z
One person (living or dead) I'd love to meet is: My grandfather (he died when I was born)
I wear jersey #41 because: I wanted a new number, I got tired of the old one
My favorite pre-game meal is: Grilled chicken, rice, corn and dinner rolls
If I had to cook all my own meals, I'd probably survive on: A few things, I am the "chef" of the team
If I could be a super hero, I'd be: Of course, Superman
The website I visit most often is: espn.com
My favorite sports movie (other than "Hoosiers") is: "Blue Chips"
The best gift I ever received or gave was: Received - a scholarship; Gave - heart in whatever I do
My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be: The Top 10 plays of Ronald Dokes
The best advice I was ever given was: "Don't quit"
Who gave you that advice: My parents
After my DU career is over, I'd like to be remembered as: A good student-athlete