Franklin PG opens process up

For 5-10, 155-pound Aaron Brooks, it's good to be home. For the man from Seattle (Wash.) Franklin, boring is actually a good thing, and he's glad that his hometown is 'boring' (his term). It can certainly seem that way for a high school player that has been travelling around the country and the world playing the game he loves, but at the same time there's no question he missed something no amount of sight-seeing can give you - home cooking.

"We were on Margarita Island in Venezuela," Brooks told about his trip with the US National Junior team. They came away with a third-place finish. "It was fun and interesting. It was different. It was a good experience." And the cuisine? "They tried to make it like American food, but it wasn't quite there. It was good though. It was edible."

It didn't hurt that his coach in South America is someone he was already a little familar with. "I got to know him (Ernie Kent) a little better," Brooks said. "He's a cool guy."

Aaron was officially not part of the 'jet-set' after coming home, so that allowed him to take some time away from roundball. "I was (tired), but I'm not now," he said. "I'm ready to go. I haven't played since I got back. Now I'm just weightlifting and playing open gym at my high school."

Before Brooks left for Venezuela, it was reported that he was down to three schools in his college recruitment. That has since changed. "Well, it's pretty much five schools," he said. "Minnesota, Florida State, Oregon, UCLA and Washington."

Aaron did take an unofficial trip to Washington, but wouldn't even really call it that. "I went up there for a quick trip," Brooks said. "I went up there for a second, just to talk. I saw the football practice too. That was cool. Seeing Nate (Robinson) and Isaiah (Stanback) there was a little weird. That's big, seeing them play in college."

A timeline for Aaron's decision will be a lot clearer after he takes official visits to all of his favorites. "After I take my visits I'll gather everything and then make my decision, however long that takes," he said. He has an official visit set up with Oregon and will probably set one up with Washington as well. Top Stories