2013 Intro: Patrick Rooks

Charlotte (NC) Christian shooting guard Patrick Rooks used Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge to jumpstart his AAU season and college recruitment.

Charlotte (NC) Christian shooting guard Patrick Rooks used Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge to jumpstart his AAU season and college recruitment.

Rooks, who checks in at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, impressed at the event with his ability to knock down jumpers.

"Drawing the praise from all onlookers, Rooks was one of the big performers of the event," wrote Scout.com's Evan Daniels. "Rooks was fifth in scoring at the Challenge, scoring 18.7 points per game. His best outing was a 26-point effort, where he buried three after three. He gets terrific elevation, has good rotation on his ball and shoots a high arcing shot. He was one of the top shooters in attendance."

"I got up about 500 shots the day before that event so I was ready for it," said Rooks. "I knew I had to go in there and show what I could do, step my game up.

"I think I was known as a average player, but I've changed my mindset and it has made me a better player. My game has changed a lot... I'm more aggressive and always ready to play."

Rooks is coming off a sophomore season at Charlotte Christian where he was the team's second-leading scorer behind South Carolina signee Anthony Gill.

"I had a good sophomore year, but our whole starting five left so I'm going to be counted on even more this year," said Rooks. "I think I'm going to have a big junior year.

"I've been working on my overall game. I'm really focusing on getting in the weight room and getting my strength down, and I'm always shooting the ball. Plus, I've been working on being more explosive to the basket."

Right now he is lacing them up on the AAU circuit for the South Carolina Raptors in the 16-under division.

"We have a strong team," he said. "We went up and won the King James and lost this weekend to Southern Select at the Wallace Prather in Atlanta. I'm averaging around 20-25 points a game for us. I've been shooting the ball real well."

Rooks knows that his ability to knock down the three-pointer is his calling card. A lefty who is extremely reliable behind the arc, he is often compared to another 6-foot-3 southpaw in the 2013 class, Anton Gill.

"I've heard that before," Rooks stated. "I've been playing against Anton since I was nine years old. We're friends on Facebook... we talked about his offer from NC State and my offer from Clemson. Growing up, things have always been competitive with us... we went against each other in the quarterfinals this year and it was a battle."

As it stands now, Rooks has offers from Charlotte and Clemson, and he is hearing from programs such as NC State, UCLA, Georgetown, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Xavier, and Virginia. This weekend he's heading down to Clemson for an unofficial visit.

"I'm originally from Anderson, South Carolina so I'm familiar with it down there," he said. "We didn't move up here until I was in the fifth grade, and I still have a lot of family down there. I'm going to go down and see the coaches again."

Rooks also has plans to visit NC State in the near future with his parents.

"We're going to play in the Bob Gibbons Tournament and while I'm up there we are going to visit NC State too," he said. "I think they could be close to offering. Coach Lutz came to my workout and he told me that I'm high on their recruiting list.

"He wants my family to visit and meet with the coaches so we are going to do that. I want to get a feel for their program... the coaches and the players. I want to talk with them about their style of play and if it fits with me."

While Rooks admits that he is in no hurry to make a decision, he currently has a leader.

"Well I would say I have a top three of Charlotte, Clemson, and NC State," he said. "Clemson is my leader. I'm a lot closer with the coaching staff, and I've been there for a couple of visits. I went down there for their elite camp, that's when I met their coaching staff... it was a good experience.

"I don't think I will be committing anytime soon though. I think it will be next year some time... I'm in no rush at all."


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