With an influx of new talent, including two post-grad transfers, Ole Miss stands to lose at least five players after next season, three of which are guards.
Enter Rasheed Brooks.
Brooks, of Southwest Community College in Memphis, Tenn., committed to the Rebels Monday afternoon. A guard, the 6-foot-6 Brooks, who was described by a source familiar with Ole Miss' recruiting efforts as "one of the top two, three kids in the country in junior college for the 2015 class," chose the Rebels over West Virginia and others.
"Rasheed is one of the top junior college prospects in the country," Southwest head coach Jerry Nichols said. "He has a strong ability to shoot the basketball. He's definitely a big-time shooter. He's able to put the ball on the floor, too, so that combination is deadly. He can make plays. He loves to play position basketball. He's a big-time get for the Rebels."
Ole Miss was seeking, and found in Brooks, immediate backcourt help for 2015. Guards Jarvis Summers, Ladarius White and Terence Smith are all set to graduate following the upcoming season.
Last season, Brooks started as a true freshman for a Southwest team that saw six of its players sign with Division-I programs. He averaged nearly 14.0 points per game, and along with earning All-Conference honors, Nichols said Brooks shot roughly 44 percent from the floor.
He held a number of offers, from Middle Tennessee State and most of the remaining Sun Belt schools, to most, if not all, of Conference USA. Memphis was involved, as well.
"He's one of those guys who's played a big role in what we do," Nichols said. "He had a really solid freshman campaign. I feel he's in for a breakout season. I look for big things next year."
Brooks is already an accomplished scorer. However, there are areas of improvement.
"I would just say attacking the basket more," Nichols said. "He already attacks the basket well, but he's a great free throw shooter and could get to the free throw line more if he wanted to. Just mix it up a little more. Sometimes, when he's making jump shots, he'll put five, six in a row and put a lot of pressure on you that way."
NJCAA, with stats through 26 games last season, with averages of 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. He shot 43 percent from 3 and 72.2 percent from the free throw line.
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