Brockman pounding away

Jon Brockman's 33 points and 17 rebounds weren't enough for Snohomish, as they lost 76-64 to Mountlake Terrace in a Northwest 4A District semifinal game Saturday. Brockman's been the Panthers' go-to guy this whole season, but for those that have followed all the Brockmans in high school, it's not a surprise to see Jon getting the job done.

He's scored in double-digits every game this year, with a low of 11 against Garfield and a high of 39 in the Panthers' opening game against Brewster. Jon's 22.7 points a game average puts him only behind Marcus Williams (Roosevelt), Rodney Stuckey (Kentwood) and Garrison Carr (Issaquah) when it comes to leading the area's bigger schools in scoring.

"We got off to a really bad start and had to play catch-up the rest of the game," the 6-8, 245-pound Brockman told about their game against Mountlake Terrace. "That's just how it went.

"I'm having a fun time (this year), but it would be more fun if my brother (Paul) was playing. Hopefully we can make it to state."

Paul, a senior, tore his ACL back in September. "He's not sure where he's going to go to college," said Jon. And soon after that it was discovered that older sister Kirsten, who was playing basketball at the University of Washington at the time, couldn't go on playing because of a stress fracture in her foot that was never going to fully heal.

Now it's just Jon that carries the family name into battle. At one time he was playing both football and basketball, but hoops eventually won out. "I played football in 7th and 8th grade and I loved it, I thought it was really fun, but I love basketball more and that's what I've always wanted to do," he said. "The coaches always bug me about playing and the players too, because almost all of my friends are on the football team. It's a big deal out here, but I'm a basketball guy."

He has played against some football players though, namely Inglemoor's Jordan White-Frisbee and Matt Tuiasosopo from Woodinville. "Jordan is huge," said Brockman. "He's a strong kid. He was always a tough kid to play against because he's so big. I haven't played against Matt since I was in the 8th grade, so it's been awhile."

Jon said that he's worked hard on extending his range, moving inside-out, as well as improving his defense. He'll keep working hard even when his season with the Panthers is over. "I'll be getting ready with my summer team," he said, talking about Friends of Hoop - the AAU team he plays on. Martell Webster, Mitch Johnson and Micah Downs are just a few of the other players on FoH.

What does Brockman think about all the press and attention the recruiting class of 2005 is already getting? "It's fun because it's always going but I'm not trying to pay too much attention to it right now. I'm going to wait until the season is over before I start thinking about it more.

"We all know each other and our teams probably play each other at least two or three times during the spring and summertime so that's fun. We've played at some open gyms too."

In Jon's mind, each player - from Webster to Marcus Williams to Downs, to even himself - can make it happen. "Every single one of them are capable of making a strong move," he said. "I think at any time, any one of them can do it."

When asked about specific schools, Jon isn't narrowing anything down at this point. "I'm hearing from a lot of schools," he said. "All the Pac-10 schools, schools like Kansas, Purdue. A lot of schools."

No offers have been extended to Jon, despite reports that UW may have already offered and that Stanford is also close.

"I don't know how those came out, I've never said anything like that," said Brockman.

With Kirsten already a Husky, does that give the younger Brockman something to chew on when it comes to staying close to home? "It doesn't really matter to me," he said. "I've been to two games this year, I think. I talked to the coaches about a month ago. Since my sister goes there, I've been to a couple of her games, so that's helped."

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