"In high school (at Glasgow) the coach told me I was good," Stockton said.
Stockton believed it.
"I was playing against great players on all-star teams and I was just as good as them," he said.
That developed one plus for Stockton - confidence - that helped offset his lack of size. Just as the big kids on the block in his early year didn't intimidate him, the big players on the court don't intimidate him, either.
"They make me a better player," said the backup point guard.
Not that some teammates still don't tease him about his size.
"I don't get it from the freshman, only the upperclassmen. But it's all in fun," Stockton said.
Coming to Kentucky as the state's Mr. Basketball could have put unreal expectations on Stockton. However, he was content to fill a needed role last year, especially early in the season when veteran point guard Cliff Hawkins was academically ineligible.
"It was everything that I expected it to be and then some," Stockton said of his first year.
Stockton said he was well prepared for UK's style of play because his high school coach, Bart Flener, modeled Glasgow's basketball program after Tubby Smith's style.
Flener is now the head coach at Lexington Catholic, and one of Stockton's coaches off the court.
"We talk often. He tells me I need to work on this or I need to work on that. It makes me take a look at my game," Stockton said. "He was a great high school coach and he is a great benefit to me now. I've seen a big improvement in my game but I'm still working hard."
Even if he isn't getting any bigger, Stockton feels that his role with the Wildcats will increase.
"I feel I've already been a big help to Cliff by playing last season," Stockton said. "It's important the Patrick (Sparks) and I help put pressure on Cliff and Gerald (Fitch) in practice in order to make them better."
Stockton isn't looking to score a lot of points even though Smith recently praised his shooting both from the outside and at the foul line.
"I want to settle the team down when I come into the game. That's my main job," Stockton said. "We have to play more as a team. The better we play together, the better team we will be."