Brooks Has Early Favorite

Macari Brooks was one of the better players at the Shootout At The Hall this past weekend in Champaign (Ill.) He currently holds four scholarship offers and has an early favorite.

Macari Brooks has made improvement to his game over the past year.

On Saturday at the Shootout At The Hall on the University of Illinois campus, Brooks, a standout at Richton Park (Ill.) Rich South, showed off those improvements against Champaign (Ill.) Central in a 22-point, 6-rebound win.

"I think I played alright," Brooks told "I could have played better. I did what I had to do for us to win the game."

According to Brooks' high school coach, Scot Martin, Brooks spent the summer working on his game and it shows, as he's helped Rich South to a 6-1 record.

"He spent a lot of time in the gym this year working on his shooting and you guys have seen the benefits," Martin said.

"Right now he's shooting close to 50-percent from three," he added. "Last year he was devastating with two hard dribbles and pulling up from 15-feet. He's doing a little better with his ball handling and getting to the rim. He put a lot time in the gym this summer."

Brooks currently holds scholarships from DePaul, Dayton, Illinois State and Southern Illinois. To go with those offers, he also has interest from California, South Florida, Xavier, Louisville and Illinois.

Although the 6-foot-2 combo guard is just a junior, there's a school sticking out in his recruitment.

"I need to continue to get my GPA up so basically after the summer if California offers that's the schools I'm going to end up going to," Brooks said.

"That's just one place that I've been wanting to go to for a long time," he said. "I just love their program from watching them on TV. I've been talking to my coach about it and he says it's a good academic school."

Thus far, Brooks has only taken an unofficial visit to Louisville. He's planning to visit California sometime in the near future.

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