February 10, 2010

Brooks Makes It Big

Kevin McCarthy

Seattle isn’t exactly out in the sticks and full of hicks as the pejorative saying goes. But sometimes, even for a resident of the Emerald City, it takes going elsewhere to get noticed. Dominique Brooks did just that, leaving the Evergreen State and heading to Texas to sharpen his talent. Now, he is set for some big-time college hoops, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

photo of Dominique Brooks Brooks will battle Duke and NC

Early on, it seemed a number of mid-major schools were in pursuit of Brooks. But around Christmas time, his stellar play in a couple of tournaments as a member of God’s (Texas) Academy -- he was participating in a post prep season in Dallas to hone his basketball skills -- engaged the attention of both Wake Forest and Connecticut.

Then Miami’s Frank Haith also caught Brooks in action and decided he needed a late holiday present. So the head coach offered and Brooks committed to becoming a Hurricane.

"When they offered me, I didn’t even need to take a visit," Brooks said, "it seemed like the biggest stage."

"I’ll be playing at the point," Brooks offered. "They have two junior guards who will be seniors next season so my plan is to go in as a freshman and learn from the experienced guys." Additionally, freshman Durand Scott, the Canes’ current leader in assists, is more of a two guard. Plus, UM basketball currently has 96 assists compared to 126 turnovers in ACC play so improvement is definitely needed.

In an earlier interview, Brooks described his ability to shoot and his understanding of the game as his premiere skills. Additionally, he offered that one of his most important talents "is making his teammates more effective on the court."

Following Atlantic Coast Conference basketball was a matter for the entire Brooks clan. "As a kid growing up, me and my family always looked forward to watching Duke and North Carolina. My cousin Alonzo Jackson is a big Duke fan. Now, there’s going to be some split loyalty."

Brooks is currently attending Miami-Dade College -- which is close to the UM campus -- until the NCAA Clearinghouse gives him the green light.

He has already happily given Miami the thumbs up.