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Scout100 2017 basketball prospect Garrison Brooks recaps unofficial visit to Alabama

Alabama hoops took down Missouri on Saturday with select recruits in attendance led by in-state four-star big man Garrison Brooks, who recapped the trip with BamaMag.

Saturday was a positive one for Alabama Crimson Tide hoops, as it knocked off Missouri at home in a 80-71 victory in a sold out Coleman Coliseum.

Winning never hurts on the recruiting trail and several hoops prospects were in attendance, including four-star junior big man Garrison Brooks.

"I kind of like coach (Avery) Johnson, his enthusiasm, he’s into it," he said. "He’s a good coach, too. It’s just something I like about Tuscaloosa. People always tell me Tuscaloosa is better than Auburn and I didn’t believe it."

The Auburn (Ala.) High School product, who holds seven scholarship offers including one from UA, admits the Auburn-to-Tuscaloosa pipeline remains a hot topic in his hometown following football five-star Rashaan Evans making the move in the class of 2014.

"It’s still kind of hurting people," Brooks said. "I do hear about it a lot, somebody said something to me about it one day, I just brushed it off. They said, 'don’t do us like he did.'" 

Brooks says the Crimson Tide stand out along with GeorgiaVanderbilt and UAB. Auburn, which initially offered, has had "minimal communication" with the top 100 overall prospect.

"My recruitment is wide open," he said. "I've just been to visits to those four schools and I really like those schools and I have a relationship with all of those coaches."

Watching UA on Saturday, the Alabama Challenge standout kept his eye on the 'Bama bigs. 

"How they use their big men and I like the new facilities they have going," he said. "I like the way they play. I think I can be successful in this system. The game went good, Alabama got the win. I was watching (Michael) Kessens, (Jimmie) Taylor, seeing how they use their big men.

"I think I fit into the pick and roll system and how they push the ball a little bit."

Brooks was able to connect with several coaches while in town, too. 

"I kind of talked to him (Johnson) today, he had the biggest smile when he saw me and he knew I came," he said. "I kind of talk to coach Scott (Pospichal), coach (Antonie) Pettway a whole lot. With the bigs they have now, my freshman year, basically I can come in and play and come learn from coach Johnson with him being a pro coach.

"So it will be good, I think it would be good (at Alabama)."

Aiming to make a decision in September to sign in the early period in order to have the process "off my chest," Brooks is looking to play recruiting-free as a senior at Auburn. In that time he wants to add weight to his frame to prepare to make an immediate impact at the next level.

"I post up a whole lot, I run a whole lot, my teammates get me the ball. Most of my stuff is on the rim, at the baseline," he said of his game. "I play free-throw to baseline, that’s where I do most of my damage at. In a couple years, I’m trying to be like Kevin Garnett."  

The Tigers are 21-5 on the year and Brooks reports averaging a double-double as a junior along with multiple shot blocks per game. He'll soon visit Florida in hopes of landing an offer before a return trip to Mississippi State, where his father coaches under Ben Howland.

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