Power Forward Checks Out Pearl's Program

Class of 2017 basketball prospect Garrison Brooks talks about spending time with the Auburn coaching staff along with colleges of interest.

Auburn, Ala.--One of the recruits invited to hang out with Bruce Pearl and his coaching staff on Saturday, a day before Auburn’s final basketball camp of the summer, Garrison Brooks didn’t have far to travel during his busy weekend.

A class of 2017 prospect who is preparing for his junior season at Auburn High School, Brooks spent Saturday touring the AU campus and getting to know the coaches and current players. On Sunday he participated in Pearl’s elite camp and got plenty of full-court competition against other talented players who played on teams coached by current Auburn players.

Even though Pearl had to miss Sunday’s camp due to a death in the family, Auburn’s assistant coaches were keeping an eye on him so the six-foot-nine, four-star recruit got an extended opportunity to show his local college what he can do.

“Right now my defense and my rebounding are what I do best,” Brooks said. “I feel like I have decent jumping ability and I am a quick jumper, which helps.”

Rated as a four-star recruit at the power forward position, Brooks said he currently checks in at six-foot-nine, 220 pounds, which is his goal weight for his junior season. He noted that he has been eating four meals a day in addition to working out to be able to add more size and strength

“I just turned 16 in June so I will probably gain another inch,” he said. “I hope to gain around 15 more pounds before my senior year.”

Garrison Brooks

With scholarship offers from Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt, Brooks pointed out that he enjoyed getting an opportunity to learn more about Pearl’s program with tours of the locker rooms, the airport and jets the team uses, the training faculties and other aspects of life as a college basketball player.

“I learned a lot,” he said, adding that he is impressed with Pearl and the rest of the coaching staff who he said are recruiting him “pretty hard.”

A prospect who is planning to wait until October of 2016 before making his college choice, Brooks talked to Pearl and the coaches about what they are looking for in a power forward, the position he plays. “I really like it,” he said of how players at that spot are expected to shoot three-pointers and have ball-handling and dribbling skills.

One of the points of emphasis for the prospect this offseason has been working on his long-range shots. “I shoot a bunch of threes and I feel good about it,” he said.

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