Milford senior signs to play hoops at Pfeiffer University

MILFORD – David Shockley is getting a chance to do it again. And this time he will have more than two years to achieve success.

Shockley, a Milford High senior who transferred into the school from Sussex Tech after his sophomore season, recently signed his National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina.

Having already learned a new offense twice in his high school playing career, Shockley will be ready for the challenge of doing it in college as well. Only now he’ll have more seasons playing with familiarity.David L Shockley - Signing to Pfeiffer University Basketball

“I came here (to Milford) my junior year,” Shockley said. “That was a rough year. My eligibility to play was in question (with DIAA). Coach (Bob Spath) didn’t know until we went to Dover and had a meeting. My particular role on the team was tough, but I got familiar with the players. It was a growing year.”

His senior season, things were a little better for Shockley. Still, the combo guard found himself in a timeshare with Milford’s multiple other backcourt options. And, along with what the Buccaneers were able to do on the court – repeat as Henlopen South champs, reach the Bob Carpenter Center – Shockley was able to accomplish another goal as well.

“I wanted to get enough video footage for college coaches,” he said. “And that’s what I got.”

When that footage garnered him interest from Pfeiffer, the school seemed like a perfect fit for Shockley. Not only were the Falcons interested in him, he liked what the basketball program offered as well.

“They had a lot of interest in me from a basketball standpoint,” Shockley said. “And their emphasis is on winning. The basketball program is structured around basketball. When I visited the campus, it was very nice and I got a good feeling. I liked it.”

Set to graduate from Milford with a 3.3 grade point average, Shockley will attend Pfeiffer as a communications major. There Shockley will have the choice of focusing on either journalism or radio broadcasting, and currently he is leaning toward the latter.

“As the (freshman) year goes on, I’ll choose which branch,” Shockley said. “Whatever one I’m more comfortable with. I’ve always liked talking and writing, and speaking is a strength of mine. Right now I am definitely leaning more toward radio.”

The ability to comfortably speak to large audiences quite possibly comes from his heritage. He is the son of a pastor, David Shockley Sr.

“Absolutely my dad helped strengthen my ability to communicate,” said the younger Shockley. “Talking, speaking and the art of storytelling.

“I want to thank God and my parents for allowing me to pursue this dream of playing basketball,” he added. “Letting me find my own way. Sports, there is a financial burden that comes with them and they carried that. And their role as parents, just being there. I definitely credit them with this whole thing.”

Not long after graduation, Shockley will ready to head to North Carolina for the next chapter of his life. It’s something he is excited to begin.

“Training, being with new teammates and coaches,” Shockley said. “It’s going to be a whole new world. I’m very excited.”

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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