“He had the personality,” Mattick said. “He was no soft individual on the floor. He was hard-core. But he was gentle with the guys.”
Rogers saw enough Iba in Stockton to recommend him for the Midwestern job in 1970 and saw plenty of Iba in Stockton over the next quarter century.
“I am sure he took all this from Mr. Iba,” Rogers said. “He never interfered in any academics of his players. He had a very strong moral attitude towards coaching.
“He could teach players basketball. If he got a guy in here that couldn't shoot free throws, he could teach him to step up there, spin the ball and get enough arch on it. Gerald was a great teacher.”
And tough. Stockton was Iba-tough. One of Stockton's greatest players, Ike DeVore, once was late returning from Christmas break in his hometown of New York in the mid-70s. Stockton's punishment was to make DeVore run miles and miles around the gym — on game day. It's a lesson DeVore never forgot. DeVore spoke at Stockton's funeral last week.
The same way that people like Tony Allen and Desmond Mason speak about Sutton, or almost four decades worth of UTEP Miners speak about Don Haskins, Midwestern State Mustangs speak about Gerald Stockton.
One of Henry Iba's finest.
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