Brooks Names Leaders

The talented point guard from Washington, Aaron Brooks, will likely choose from a list of Pac-10 schools. We spoke with him recently about his recent official visit to UCLA...

Aaron Brooks, 5-10 JR PG Seattle (Wash.) Franklin, told us recently that he's seriously considering three schools at this point -- Oregon, UCLA and Washington.

We asked Brooks about his official visit to UCLA last weekend, and he said, "I liked it -- they have a nice campus. They took me out to some restaurants. I had a good time."

Asked for his impression of UCLA coach Steve Lavin, Brooks replied, "He's cool -- he's a player's coach."

Brooks was scheduled to visit Oregon this week, but said that trip has been put on hold. "Our school gets out this week and I have some homework I need to take care of," Brooks said. "I need to set up another time to go to Oregon."

Brooks said he doesn't anticipate a decision anytime soon. "I'm kind of confused right now," Brooks said. "Probably not until after July."

Asked about his experience at the U.S. junior national tryouts in Colorado Springs, Brooks said, "It was a good experience -- I got a chance to meet a lot of guys from the east. Very stiff competition. Brad Buckman was the most impressive player there." We asked about Ernie Kent -- the junior national team coach -- and Brooks said, "He seems like a nice guy. I got a chance to spend some time with him, so that was good."

Brooks will play at the ABCD camp in July. If he makes the final cut for the junior national team, he'll be in Venezuela in late July and would not be able to participate in the Big Time in Las Vegas.

Brooks told us that he has scored a 950 on the SAT.


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