Junior to Watch: Aaron Brooks

Now that Chris Paul is off the board and headed to Wake Forest, North Carolina will have to turn its attention to another point guard from the Class of 2003 – and it could be Aaron Brooks.

The crop of point guards is not especially strong in the class and the Tar Heels don't appear to be in the running for guys like Mustafa Shakur, Marcus Williams, Tack Minor, Ayinde Ubaka and Brandon Jenkins.

Brooks is a 5-11, 160-pound junior from Seattle (Wash.) Franklin who is extremely quick, has tremendous court vision and passing ability and also plays aggressive defense. Brooks' shortcomings are that he needs to get stronger, work on his jump shot and raise his grades.

He averaged 17.1 points and 6.5 assists per game last season and will suit up this summer for Seattle Rotary Select.

Brooks is being recruited primarily by west coast schools – UCLA, Washington, New Mexico, Gonzaga and Oregon are all heavily involved. He said that the Tar Heels have showed some interest, but he can't tell how interested they are just yet.

"I hope they offer," he said. "I haven't seen them recently, but they've seen me since I was a freshman. They were supposed to come down a few weeks ago to visit me but something happened and they couldn't make it."

"It's a big-time school and I'd love to go there, I guess. But right now I don't know. I don't have a favorite. I'm in no major rush at all."

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