(WGEM) -- It took a while for it all to sink in.
Justin Brock opened the mail earlier this week to the pleasantly surprising news of his April induction into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
The former Liberty star says he read the letter a handful of times before realizing the accomplishment.
Brock's high school days as the key member of 'Who Dat' nation ended with a school record 1,563 points and dozens of other all-time marks.
His 33 rebounds during a game in 2005 is tied for sixth most in IHSA history in a single game, and he's in the Top 20 in most rebounds in one season.
Remarkably, Brock made six different First Team All-State teams during his high school career and credits that to a steady desire to upgrade his skills.
"Every year, from high school through college, I never wanted to be in that same spot as I was the year before because that means I wasn't making any progress," Brock told WGEM Sports.
"I think, in my mind, I determined that early on (during) my freshman and sophomore years of high school, maybe even I earlier than, I just wanted to show improvement every single year. I can say at this point now that my basketball career is over with that I did it."
Brock also adds his time at Liberty was probably the most fun he's ever had.
He started his college career at Eastern Illinois before transferring to Quincy University where he scored 1,200 points in three seasons.
Brock will be inducted in to the IBCA Hall of Fame in April.
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