Brandt Cochran, the Bobcats’ lone senior this season, has had a storied career for the Bobcats. The 6’0 guard from Lawrenceville, Ill. majored in Business Administration and worked in the Athletic Training room on campus. His four-year career as a Bobcat has been nothing short of exciting, and there is no doubt he has played an instrumental role in the team’s success.
As a freshman, Brandt saw playing time in 25 games. He scored 67 points, pulled down 25 boards, and dished out 14 assists. Brandt shot the ball at a 43.1% clip from the field and gave the Bobcats a good glimpse of what was to come, as he netted 13 of 14 from the free-throw line.
During his sophomore season, Brandt acquired a much larger role for the Bobcats. He played in all 36 games and increased his offensive production for a total of 379 points, averaging 10.5 per game (3rd on team). He continued to shoot the ball well at a rate of 44.2% (FG), 38.9% (3-point), and 83.3% (free throw). In addition, Brandt gathered 108 rebounds, 89 assists, and 44 steals (2nd on team). He was named A.I.I. Player of the Week once and made the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
Brandt’s junior season saw him impact the Bobcats in a significant way. He stepped into a key starting position and displayed improved offensive production yet again. Brandt scored 693 total points (#14 NAIA DII) for an average of 21 per game (#17 NAIA DII). He continued to scorch the nets, shooting 50.2% from the field, 47.4% from three-point range (#10 NAIA DII), and 83.1% from the free throw line. He drained 126 total treys, placing him #4 in NAIA DII. On January 3rd versus Central Christian College of the Bible, Brandt had a huge offensive game for the Bobcats, scoring a career-high 42 points, as well as his 1,000th career point. For the season, he pulled down 153 boards (3rd on the team) and tallied a team high in both assists (153; #14 NAIA DII) and steals (51). Brandt received numerous awards throughout his junior season that consisted of: A.I.I. Player of the Week (3 times), NCCAA Player of the Week (twice), A.I.I. First Team All-Conference, A.I.I. All-Tournament Team, NCCAA All-Region First Team, and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
In his senior year, Brandt picked up right where he left off and completed his career with another phenomenal season. He led his team in scoring and assists, averaging 19.55 points and 5.06 assists per game. Brandt scored 645 points from the field, including 106 treys, while adding 167 assists,104 rebounds, 34 steals, and five blocks. Early in the season, he set a career high in free throws, as he drained 16 of 18 against Evangel. He recorded three double double games, and against Ecclesia (Ark.) in mid-February, Brandt fell just short of a triple double with 26 points, 10 rebounds (his career high), and eight assists. He also set his career high in assists this season, by handing off 16 in the Bobcats’ 105-95 win over Midland (Neb.). On the season, Brandt scored more than 20 points per game in 16 contests, three of which featured point totals in the thirties. He was named A.I.I. Player of the Week on three separate occasions this season and helped lead his team a Runner-Up finish in the 2020 A.I.I. Conference Championship. He closed out the year ranked NAIA DII No. 3 in free throw percentage (90.5), setting a new school record, as he swished 105 of 116 from the line. Brandt was also NAIA DII No. 6 in total assists (167) and No. 7 in total 3-point field goals made (106). His season accolades included: A.I.I. First Team All-Conference, All-Tournament Team, A.I.I. and NAIA Champion of Character, NCCAA First Team All-Region, NCCAA Third Team All-American, NAIA DII Honorable Mention All-American, and Athletic Director’s Maroon Scholar Honor Roll.
For his career, Brandt tallied 1,784 points, including 310 three-pointers. He hauled in 390 rebounds, handed off 423 assists, swiped 138 steals, and blocked eight shots. His shooting accuracy over his career is reflected in a field goal percentage of 45.9%, three-point shooting percentage of 42.3% and free-throw percentage of 87.1%. During Brandt’s tenure, he was an integral part of several Bobcat team records: Most 3-Point Field Goals in a Season (393; 2018-19), Highest 3-Point Field Goal Percentage in a Season (43.5%; 2018-19), and Highest Free Throw Percentage in a Season (77.8%; 2018-19). He has also splashed his own name across multiple categories of the Bobcat Top 10 Record Book, including a new school record for Single-Season Free Throw Percentage at 90.5% and a Career Free Throw Percentage of 87.1%.
Coach Shepherd notes, “Brandt is a great player, who has been a phenomenal leader. His statistics reveal his terrific play and production, but his teammates and coaches would tell you he is unselfish and puts the team’s success ahead of his own.”
Best wishes, Brandt, and thanks for the memories!