|Junior||6’3″ 195||Shooting Guard||Houston||DOB: 6/5/98|
|13.4 ppg||6.3 rpg||.9 apg||FG: 40.5%||3PT: 39%|
Strengths: Outside Shooting, Natural Scorer, Rebounding, Shot Creation
Weaknesses: Size, Perimeter Defense, Position Fit
Brooks was in a reserve role as a freshman and a sophomore, only starting 4 games in his first two college seasons. He improved as a junior with an increase in playing time putting up 13.4 points per game in just under 31 minutes per game. Shooting from the outside is the strongest part of his game, going 41.9% on three point attempts as a sophomore and then 39% as a junior. His attempts were fairly high with 5.4 per game as a sophomore but his percentage on 8.4 attempts from the outside as a junior was a solid number. He shot two point jump shots at 40.8% which is another number that will have teams intrigued with his ability to shoot the ball. Brooks can come off of a screen or create his own shot off of the dribble, but the majority of his outside shots came from being set up by a teammate. He should have no issue creating a shot more often at the professional level, and his ability to create a shot for a mid range jump shot was impressive. His offensive game is fluid and he has a scorers mentality where he can get hot from the outside and have a major impact of the momentum in a game. Brooks rebounded well for a guard his size averaging 6.3 per game as a junior. Impacting the game in more ways than just scoring will be a large factor in how well he will be able to earn minutes at the professional level.
His size at just 6’3″ playing the shooting guard will be a concern to many teams as far as Brooks being a draft pick. He is not a player that has spent much time as the lead guard, and although it is possible a team could try and see if he could play in spurts as a point guard, there are plenty of players in his size range who have stuck in the league as a shooting guard. Quick with ball in his hands as well as running the floor, he has an average vertical leap and that will make his size differential with bigger guards that much more difficult. How well he will be able to defend as a professional will be a major concern to teams, and he will need to improve as a perimeter defender to stick in or work his way up to the league. If Brooks remains the player for the most part that he was in college which is a deadly knock down shooter, and in a likely start at the G League level to his career he is able to put up impressive shooting numbers, NBA teams are always looking for elite shooters regardless of size. One interesting number from his college time was the fact that Brooks shot free throws at over 80% as a freshman and a sophomore but then in his junior season that number dropped to 63% with more usage. It could just be a down year and an outlier overall, but for a player that will be attempting to make a roster as a shooter, it is a statistic that teams will take note of.
This play shows his ability to knock down a deep three point shot:
Brooks is projected to go undrafted in this years draft, and it was believed he would be returning to school before making the decision to keep his name in past the deadline. His ceiling as a professional is a role player receiving significant minutes off of the bench shooting the ball at a high level. The worst case scenario for Brooks is the he is unable to score effectively enough or struggles on defense leading him to spend most of his career in the G League or overseas.