Brockman enjoying all-star status

Future Washington hoops player Jon Brockman capped off his high school career at Snohomish with a run to the state tournament. Brockman's not done with high school hoops quite yet though. He's been invited to play in three elite all-star games - The Hoops Summit, The Jordan Classic and The McDonalds All American Game. The McDonald's game will be played this Wednesday at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Indiana on the Notre Dame campus. It will be televised on ESPN at 5PM PST.

Jon started off his senior campaign at Snohomish by being named as the top player on the West Coast by the Long Beach Tribune's "Best in the West" poll.

During the season Brockman didn't disappoint as he was one of the top scorers and rebounders in the state. A very unselfish player, Jon was more proud of what his team accomplished this year. Jon talked about helping the Snohomish Panthers to a surprising State Tournament run.

"It was the best one I've been to," he told "I don't think anyone really expected us to be there. The state tournament was just a great way to end it. That's one of the things that I'll remember the most."

Brockman was a huge recruiting score for Romar and Jon has been keeping his eye on the Huskies all year. But he was not discouraged with Washington's exit from the tournament in the Sweet Sixteen. "They had one of those games that every team has every year where they stuggle from the field and the ball doesn't go in the hoop," he said. In fact watching the tournament games got Jon excited for next year when he'll be suiting up for Washington, but he's prepared for the changes that are coming for him. "I'm not the recruit anymore, I'm the freshman," Brockman said. "I'm excited to get down there and start working out with the guys".

In the meantime, he's been keeping busy by getting ready to showcase his hard working talents in the upcoming all-star games. Jon's been working out and shooting with the two other McDonalds All Americans from the state of Washington this year, his future teammate Martell Webster from Seattle Prep and Juanita high school's Micah Downs who's headed to Kansas next year. Brockman will also be at the Hoops Summit April 9th and the Jordan Classic on the 16th. When it comes to the games Jon doesn't have a favorite. "I'm excited for all of them, they're all going to be fun," he said.

Jon also mentioned national recruits Greg Paulus (Duke) , Luke Zeller (Notre Dame) and Josh McRoberts (Duke) as players he's looking forward to seeing at the

Talk turns to that of Brockman's future teammate Webster. Both played together with Friends of Hoop last summer, arguably the top AAU team on the west coast. Martell is pondering a move to the NBA, but will play at Washington if he decides to attend college.

"He just needs to take his time," Brockman said of Webster. "It's just like when we were deciding on colleges. He needs to check out his options, see what happens the next few months and don't make any decision too soon. That's my opinion and I think that's his opinion too."

Jon is doing his best to make sure the Seattle Prep connection to Montlake stays intact, regardless of whether or not Webster goes to school. "Martell has already signed on the dotted line, so I'm working on (Prep center) Spencer (Hawes) now," said Brockman with a chuckle.

With the Huskies season over, the start of Jon's college career is approaching and he's ready to come in and contribute next year. In fact he heard his names a couple of times on TV while watching the Huskies make their NCAA tournament run. "It's a little weird but it's fun, I'm looking forward to hopefully being on the court next year," he said.

To help himself for the adjustment for college basketball Jon's has plans for the summer. "I'm going to train at U-Dub with the strength Coach, I'll also try to get to as many open gyms as I can with the team". That doesn't mean Jon's isn't going to get time to relax though. All through out high school he spent summers going from tournament to tournament, but those days are now over. "It's going to be nice to relax and not have to go anywhere in the summer and spring," added Brockman. "I'm in a weight-training class during my first period, so that's where I've been getting my conditioning in. And today, I went to the gym and shot a bunch."

Even though Jon was one of the most sought after recruits in the country he's no stranger to hard work and has never been about ego. His summer plans could include some old fashioned work. "I might be going back to the farm for a little bit, throw some pumpkins around," he said.

With FOH behind him, Brockman will certainly have other opportunities to test his mettle against some worthy competition. "I played against Nick Collison a couple of times last summer, and I hope we can go to some open gyms where he'll be there," said Jon. "Ray Allen came to a few and Jamal Crawford was always there, so it's a lot of fun to play against that group of guys."

Brockman's humility shows when asked about last summer's matchup with Collison. "He killed me, he's the real deal," Jon said.

The loaded class of incoming freshman that includes Brockman should help ease Husky fans pain from the tournament. The best class every brought in to Washington points to a very bright future for Romar and Husky basketball and Jon looks to be a big part of future success for the program.

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