Chris Harrison-Docks is just looking to be himself on the court.
That’s why the former Okemos standout decided to transfer from Butler to Western Kentucky.
“There were things I wasn’t allowed to do at Butler,” Harrison-Docks said. “So rather than sit there and be unhappy for four years, I chose to go somewhere and still have freedom.”
His tenure at Butler was a brief one. Harrison-Docks played two exhibition games for the Bulldogs before deciding the school wasn’t the right fit.
He is now enrolled at Western Kentucky and has 31/2 years of eligibility left. The 5-11 guard can play immediately after the fall semester ends next season.
Unlike at Butler, he believes he will have the freedom to do the things that made him so successful at Okemos.
“I like the fact that Coach (Ray) Harper lets his point guard play and trusts him with a lot of responsibility,” Harrison-Docks said.
The Hilltoppers, who are in the Sun Belt conference, are 11-11 this season but have had success in the past.
They have reached the NCAA Tournament 22 times, including last season.
“Chris is a great addition to our basketball program,” Harper said. “He has a very high basketball IQ, and he is as competitive of a player as you could find. We could not be more pleased.”
As a senior at Okemos, Harrison-Docks was a State Journal Dream Team selection and averaged 23 points, seven assists, six rebounds and nearly four steals. He is the all-time leading scorer at Okemos with 1,426 career points.
Although his first collegiate game is still over 10 months away, Harrison-Docks can practice with Western Kentucky and should be a factor once he steps onto the court.
“He can learn what they want him to do and fit into their system,” said Dan Stolz, Harrison-Docks’ coach at Okemos. “I think he’ll probably be an impact guy right away.”
And Harrison-Docks is just waiting for his chance.
“When they recruited me, they told me when I came here I’d be able to come in and play right away and play the way I want to play,” Harrison-Docks said.