When freshman Jamal Barney announced his intention to transfer, that opened a second scholarship for the Class of 2007 at Providence College. The Friars wasted no time by hosting two visitors on the weekend of April 21.
Alex Kellogg, a 6'8, 225 pound power forward from DeSales High in Columbus, Ohio, and Marshon Brooks, a 6'5, 175 pound wing from Tucker High in Georgia both arrived on campus on Friday. In Kellogg's case, he visited Providence with his dad, TV college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg.
With Brooks, who visited with his mother Earlyn, the Friars had been recruiting him, along with a high school teammate, 6'7 forward Jeremy Simmons, for awhile. Simmons, though, recently committed to the College of Charleston. But Brooks remained a serious target.
A bit of an unknown entering his senior season, Brooks had a superb year and actually outshone the more highly regarded Simmons. He averaged 18.9 ppg, shot 59% from the floor and 39% from three point land for the Class AAAA state champions. For that, Brooks was named a First Team All-State selection for Georgia's Class AAAA, while Simmons was an Honorable Mention. Class AAAA is Georgia's second highest division.
Brooks really came on in the state playoffs and took over several games late. In the state championship game, Tucker High went up against Columbia, the number one rated team in the state and a team with a 51 game winning streak. Also a team that had beaten Tucker twice this season. Brooks sealed the win with two clutch free throws with 1.5 seconds left.
A very aggressive player, he has the ability to break defenders down off the dribble and can also drill the outside shot. Because he flew under the radar until recently, many of the bigger schools who might have recruited him were already out of scholarships. As a result, Tennessee Tech, Chattanooga, Toledo were among the other schools pursuing him.
Kellogg enjoyed his visit to PC, as well, but will take his visits to Miami of Ohio and Akron before deciding.
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