Jaimie Kok can be dominating around the basket, but opponents have learned quickly that she's much more than a one-dimensional player.
The Central Wisconsin Christian junior has averaged a double-double each of her first two seasons as a starter for the Waupun school that competes in the Trailways Central Conference, which features mostly Division 4 teams.
Kok scored 12.2 points and grabbed 11.5 rebounds per game while earning second-team all-league honors as a freshman and improved those numbers to 14.8 and 13.1, respectively, as a first-team selection last winter.
That kind of production already has received recruiting attention from the University of Iowa, NCAA Division II programs UW-Parkside and University of Mary (N.D.), D-III school Knox College and NAIA member Dordt College (Iowa).
Although that attention is great and the possibilities are nice to think about, Kok said she and the Crusaders have way too much basketball left to worry about that decision now.
"We're in a tough conference and compete against some good players," Kok said of a league that features Markesan, which finished second in D-3 last year. "We've got a pretty good team and if we step up, we should do well. The ultimate goal is to go to state the next two years."
CWC coach Mark Vander Werff, in his eighth season at the helm, said that having the 6-foot Kok in the middle gives the Crusaders a chance to accomplish that feat.
"Jaimie came into our program as the best player and is getting better," Vader Werff said. "She has a variety of moves from the post and elbow, so it's hard to stop her one-on-one underneath. She plays the 5, but she can handle to ball as good as many 2 guards and has developed as a shooter who can hit from 15 to 17 feet. Because she's improved her dribbling and passing so much, she can help out against pressure defenses and has even taken it coast to coast. She not only led us in scoring and rebounding the last two years but also in assists, steals and blocks."
Those attributes should only improve and no doubt will impress more college coaches along the way. However, Kok simply enjoys the competition in a sport she started playing in her driveway.
"I got involved with the Girls Club in fourth grade, but I had started playing against my cousin (Jory)," Kok said of the starting point guard on the Crusaders' boys squad. "At first, he always beat me, but now I get the best of him every once in awhile."
Kok's mother, Linda, and older sisters, Alison and Staci, also played for the Crusaders. Alison was the league's player of the year as a senior and she and Staci both played early in their college careers at Dordt.
Kok said she's always thought about playing college hoops, but for now she continues to work on her game.
"I was really slow and didn't see the court very well as a freshman, but I've improved in those areas,' Kok said, which should help CWC improve on its 14-8 mark from last season. "I'm improved my dribbling, so I'm more confident offensively and overall."
Kok established school and league rebounding records each of the past two seasons and is approaching several other CWC standards. Vander Werff said that Kok is well on pace to succeed at the collegiate level.
"She was a captain last year and has taken on a much bigger leadership role," Vander Werff said. "She communicates well with her teammates, and because she's one of the better players, she demands and gets their respect. From what I've heard from scouting circles is that they want players who can handle the ball at the center and power forward spots, and Jaimie already can do those things extremely well."