Instant Impact

Jerrold Brooks is one of many new faces who will be taking the court for the Eagles this season. The transfer guard looks to provide an immediate lift for the Golden Eagles as they seek to replace several back court seniors from a year ago. Brooks talked about his role and start to the season at media day with

Jerrold Brooks is listed as a junior guard for the Golden Eagles. He transferred in from Casper Community College where he was a second team all JuCo American leading the team with 15.8 points per game.

Brooks can play either guard position, and filled in nicely for Watson while he was nursing a leg injury in the first exhibition game against St. Catherine's College.

He has had to adjust quickly to life at the Division One level, but so far, so good.

"Coming from a JUCO and having some guys younger than me, I feel like it is my role to always be aggressive, show some leadership, and play good defense," he said at media day in an exclusive interview with

"I just want to try and fit in and be whatever the team needs me to be. I'm not trying to come in and take over, there was already a lot of talent here. However I can help, and whatever the team needs me to be, that's what I'll do."

One of the big reasons Brooks is here is the head Coach, Donnie Tyndall.

"Playing for Coach Tyndall is fun," he said. "He is an aggressive coach and that is the kind that I like to play for."

"I've always played up-tempo, so the style fits what I like to do. I can get the ball up and down the court, so its a perfect fit me being here."

Brooks said also the appeal of Southern Miss was the trip to the NCAA tournament. He believes he can help this team get back to that goal.

"I am hoping to have a year like last year," he said.

"This is one of the most talented teams that I have been a part of even though we are undersized. We are very athletic and we have a lot of speed."

His back court partner, Neil Watson, is one he's already developed a lot of chemistry with.

"Me and Neil have a lot in common," he said. "We are very similar players. It was like we knew each other well when we started playing. Fortunately, we have picked up each other well quickly even though its just been a few weeks in practice. I look for us to really help each other and play well together."

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