Troy DeCook becomes the first member of the 2002-03 men’s basketball hall of fame team to be individually enshrined in the Chuck DeWild Hall of Fame. DeCook was a four-year member of the Rockford University men’s basketball program which steadily improved in each of his four seasons. The Regents won the Northern Illinois Iowa Conference (NIIC) in both his junior and senior seasons. DeCook was a focal point of the 2002-03 team that went 24-4, including a perfect 12-0 mark in conference play, and earned its first ever at-large berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
DeCook made a profound impact on the Rockford University men’s basketball team and was a key reason why the Regents won back-to-back NIIC Championships and hosted an NCAA Division III Tournament game. He was selected First Team All-NIIC in both his junior and senior seasons, and was the 2002-03 Northern Illinois Iowa Conference Player of the Year. DeCook’s collegiate career culminated with an outstanding senior season in which he was named all-region and First Team All-Midwest District by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). In his senior year, DeCook scored 453 points, grabbed 192 rebounds, recorded 85 assists and had 56 steals, all of which were career-highs. DeCook finished his four-year career with 1,008 points, 503 rebounds, 222 assists and 158 steals. He is currently a member of a trio of elite Rockford University men’s basketball clubs and holds the RU single-game assists record (19). DeCook is one of just twenty-three Regents to eclipse 1,000 points, one of fifteen individuals with over 500 rebounds and one of only thirteen men’s basketball players with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in the program’s 63-year history.