Oakland Army vet Isaiah Brock earns Horizon League honor

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Isaiah Brock

Decorated Army veteran Isaiah Brock picked up his latest honor Monday, earning freshman of the week honors in the Horizon League.

Brock, who made national headlines this summer when he first was ruled ineligible by the NCAA based on five-year-old high school grades, before the governing body reversed course, had a pair of double-doubles in the Great Alaska Shootout.

Brock, a 6-foot-8, 191-pound forward who served two deployments in the Middle East before arriving at Oakland, had 10 points and 11 rebounds in his first career start, a loss to Nevada.

He followed that up with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a win over UC-Davis.

Brock shot 69.2 percent from the field during the tournament in Anchorage, and recorded five blocks and five steals.

Oakland coach Greg Kampe first met Brock during a goodwill trip to visit with troops overseas. After sitting down with Brock, he was so impressed with his story and what he'd been through -- Brock studied mortuary science in the Army, and was responsible for pulling bodies off the battle field and preparing them for their final trip home -- he offered him a scholarship.

Not even sure if Brock would ever play a minute for the Golden Grizzlies, Kampe told The Detroit News his life experience and leadership skills still would prove valuable.

Brock arrived on campus over the summer, only to be told by the NCAA he wouldn't be able to play this season because of his poor grades from high school in Baltimore; he graduated in 2011 before entering the Army.

After an outpouring of public support, including a strongly worded letter from Michigan U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, the NCAA reversed its decision.

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