Brooks commits to Oregon for 2014
Dana Altmann and Oregon reeled in a major late pick up for their 2014 recruiting class. Dillon Brooks committed to the Ducks on Sunday following a weekend visit, according to CIA Bounce coach Tony McIntyre. “It kind of just picked up as the summer went on,” McIntyre said of Oregon’s interest. “We sat down and we started to look at 14 versus 15 because he was set to go to Brewster, but the amount of playing time at Oregon and their schedule was too hard to pass up. It’s everything you look for as a player.” Oregon began recruiting him in late April following the EYBL Sacramento event and as the summer wore on the idea of Brooks reclassifying to the 2014 class became more real. “Their style of play really fits him,” McIntyre said. “There’s a need, a want, a desire and a great fit. When you can line all of those things up, it’s a good thing.” “He loved the facilities and loved the opportunity that was presented to him there in terms of style of play and playing time and being able to go in and play right away,” he added. Brooks compiled interest from upwards of 30 schools, but Indiana, Dayton, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Iowa State were the other serious contenders. Brooks was one of the top performers of the summer. Playing for CIA Bounce, Brooks, a 6-foot-5 strongly built wing, scored the ball at a high-level. He proved himself as a shooter, aggressively attacked the rim and played a tough brand of ball. “I think he always had it in him,” McIntyre said about Brooks’ big summer. “He just needed the confidence. He has killer mentality where he can score the ball in a lot of different ways. He can shoot the ball, he can drive it and he can pass.” With Brooks’ commitment, Oregon now has six players in their 2014 class. He joins Ahmaad Rorie, JaQuan Lyle, Michael Chandler, Dwayne Benjamin and Casey Benson to make up their six-man class.
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