MAJOR: Physician Assistant, pre-PA, Biology
HIGH SCHOOL: North Royalton (#31)
CLUB TEAM: OH Extreme 17 BSTTL (#31)
HOMETOWN: Broadview Heights, OH
SKILLS: 24-inch vertical leap
NORTH ROYALTON H.S.
18 PPG, 10 RPG, 3 APG, 3 BPG
8 PPG, 5 RPG, 1 BPG
4-year varsity starter
2-year varsity captain
5-10 shooting guard Kaitlyn Bockelman demonstrates natural athletic talent, knows how to get open and make the perimeter shot. An exciting player to watch as she effectively shoots off the dribble from 3-point range while under pressure from opponents. Not only does Kaitlyn know how to sink the ball, but she does so with the uncanny ability to sidestep and shoot off the dribble like Stephen Curry or step back under duress like James Harden. Additionally, unafraid to take on her opponent, Kaitlyn can drive right past defenders through the paint.
Demonstrating deft ball handling (impressive with LH) while playing point guard, Kaitlyn’s keen leadership is evident by taking charge on the court with great intensity and steering teammates for the best shot opportunities. Great hands on defense – she anticipates passes for the steal and hustles with speed and stellar passing on the break.
In her secondary position at small forward, Kaitlyn sets effective picks and rolls to the basket with power. She has the strength to post up and box out, all while maintaining her great passing ability.
You know you can count on Kaitlyn as a consistently excellent shooter and tenacious overall player with a winning attitude! She has potential as a D1 point guard/small forward or D2 talent.
— Linda Blackwell Bentley, ScoutU Scout, 312-909-3602, Linda@ScoutU.com
As a high school basketball coach for over 45 years, it is a pleasure to write about Kaitlyn Bockelman. I became the North Royalton head coach in Kaitlyn’s junior year, when her season was cut short by an injury. There are some gifts in life that you learn to appreciate almost immediately. The first time I saw her, I knew she was one of those gifts. Kaitlyn has it all – the talent, the ability, the confidence, the high character, the passion and the mental toughness. As a junior perimeter player (sometimes PG), Kaitlyn was a very good three-point shooter, but more importantly, she became invaluable to our program because of her energy, grit, positive attitude and determination. In only a short period of time, she led our team in minutes played and scoring for two reasons – her determination and I trusted her! I knew we were in good hands and a better team with Kaitlyn on the court.
Kaitlyn is one of the smartest players on the team – definitely one of the most poised. She’s one of those players that coaches love because she recognizes her weaknesses and works on them to get better. Kaitlyn has an excellent work ethic and tremendous confidence. As I coached and corrected her, she would look me right in the eyes and say “OK,” and then work to correct things. She’s a pressure-type player, who brings energy to the floor, and very aggressive. Kaitlyn is the type of person who can change the momentum of a game. She has no fear, and that might be her greatest asset to the team. As Kaitlyn moves into her senior year, I only see continued success both in the classroom and on the basketball court. She is an outstanding example of a true student-athlete. A testament of her high character. Kaitlyn had a champion’s spring and summer of physical therapy, fitness conditioning, and playing the game in preparation for her dream of playing collegiate basketball. Kaitlyn Bockelman has my highest recommendation. I have no doubt that she is a well qualified student-athlete ready to accept and fulfill the challenges of college academics and college basketball.
— Chuck Schmitt, North Royalton H.S. Head Coach, 330-903-5622
I’ve had the privilege of coaching Kaitlyn the past two AAU seasons. I have no doubt she can play – and excel – at the next level. Kaitlyn has the physical measurables that all coaches look for, when you combine Kaitlyn’s height/length with her ability to sharpshoot from 3. Kaitlyn is a nightmare for opposing defenses to match up with. She also has the heart of a champion. It’s not about how hard she gets knocked down – it’s how quickly she gets up. Kaitlyn tore her ACL last year, and that news devastated all of us at Ohio Xtreme. But Kaitlyn got up and recovered in under 5 months. She was able to rejoin her team and show us all what hard work can do. Last but not least, Kaitlyn is an incredibly bright young lady. On and off the court, her IQ will impress all. Bottom line – wherever Kaitlyn decides to attend college, she will make that school proud.
— Nick Casalinova, Ohio Xtreme U17 Coach
MESSAGE FROM KAITLYN
My name is Kaitlyn Bockelman, a member of the 2021 class at North Royalton High School in Ohio. I am a 5-foot-10, 150-pound shooting guard with 8 years of playing experience, 6 years of AAU experience, and I’m in my fourth year as a varsity starter. I averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks per game as a junior. I am right-hand dominant, but very comfortable with either hand. During my H.S. career, I have been asked to fill the PG role out of program need. In reality, my main position is as a 2/3 shooting guard with a role as a 4 in some offenses. I think this creates a bit of confusion when being recruited, as many coaches think that I am primarily seeking a PG role in a program. I am not. I’m willing and able to play whatever position is required, but excel most as a 2 or 3.
I would imagine there’s some question as to why I’m still available this late in the recruiting period. “Is she a bad player, not up to the hype?” Maybe she is a bad teammate … Well, I like to think that I am a pretty decent player that has a lot to offer a program. As for being a bad teammate, my coaching feedback says otherwise. I wholeheartedly believe that being a good teammate is equally important as being a highly skilled player on a roster. My reason for not being signed stems from the untimely ACL injury I suffered at the peak of my junior season. I effectively fell off of the recruiting radar. Now I’m back with a vengeance. If you still have unfilled roster needs, I would love any consideration that you would give.
I take pride in my ability to create shooting opportunities and have consistent accuracy from both the mid and long range. When not attacking from the perimeter, I work hard to get into the paint and consistently look for assists, or when possible, finishing opportunities. From a defensive perspective, I’m able to guard opponents from the point to the post. One of my goals has been to consistently be one of the best defenders on the floor while finishing the game with zero fouls. I feel that fouling shows a lack of discipline and respect for the game.
As a student, I take my academics very seriously. I currently have a 4.1 weighted GPA, a 27 ACT score and am a member of the National Honor Society. My career goal is to land somewhere in the medical profession. In fact, I would like to have the opportunity to work with athletes in the future to have a positive impact on their health and well-being. Being part of a team has always been important to me, and I would love to continue that aspect throughout my career. While still undecided on the path, I am considering Physician Assistant, Bio-medical engineering and Engineering as possible courses of study.
I have an intense and consistent work ethic and am very goal-oriented. Since 5th grade, I have done basketball skills training 2-3 days a week for at least 11 months a year and core strength and conditioning throughout. I have attended multiple national training camps. I have been part of a basketball program that’s had 6 different head coaches in 6 seasons. Despite this turnover and given my experience, I felt that the best way to contribute is to lead by example (on and off the court), mentor the underclassman and seek player development opportunities to help the program thrive long after I graduate. Last season’s injury could have devastated me. Instead, it motivated me. Following the surgery, I focused my rehabilitation efforts with intense dedication. In fact, rehab became my new “sport,” so much so that I was fully cleared to return to volleyball and basketball after only 5 months.
My work ethic carries over to my academics. I try to challenge myself each school year by taking AP/Honors classes and College Credit Plus classes at the local college. I have achieved the Scholar-Athlete Award every year during both my basketball and volleyball seasons. As I begin to plan the next chapter of my life, it is very important for me to find the right school fit that balances academics, athletics and community service activities. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know me!
ACADEMICS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
Class rank: NA
Academic achievements: National Honor Society (senior), Scholar-Athlete (freshman, sophomore, junior), Honor Roll (freshman, sophomore, junior)
Community service: Afterschool Classroom Aid (Royalview Elementary), Volley for a Cause (fundraising & player), Volunteer youth basketball skills trainer
Other sports: Volleyball
Extracurricular activities: National Honor Society, Link Crew (mentors for incoming freshman), Key Club (volunteering), Student Council, AYM High (Lay Director), Work (Pulp)