Pleasant Grove High School, PG, is loaded with talent. The young school has found its groove on the hard wood this season. With a group of solid varsity players, that includes senior D1 recruit Xavier Thames, they are off to a near perfect season. Under the leadership of new head coach John K. Deponte, formerly of Valley High School, PG is in a position to make it deep into the post season this year.
One of PG's star players is Ra'Shauwn, aka Shauwn, Brooks # 15 – senior, a 6'4" – 205 pound guard/forward. He's averaging 15 points per game, 5 rebounds per game, 1 steal per game. He's quick on the floor and at shooting the 3 pointer as well. His production on the floor is consistent. He's truly a clutch player. Shauwn has received interest from a host of D1 schools.
Mr. Brooks likes to throw the ball up, from time to time, and make a direct delivery to the basket. He had a great game against Sheldon High School, a local powerhouse, which PG won. Shauwn also had a good game against Franklin High School of Elk Grove. Franklin High School has been deemed the clear favorite by the local paper and everyone else second. Well, PG beat them by 11 points and a rematch is in the schedule.
Darius Nelson, an extraordinary player and sibling to Demarcus Nelson formerly of the NBA's Golden State Warrior's, attempts to block Brooks's basket.
Brooks is averaging 15 points per game. With 11 games into the season Shauwn's team has only lost 1 game, and it was by only 2 points. With another month of basketball ahead of him, with some of the regions toughest teams, Brooks will be able to apply his skills in helping PG reach their goal of a post season birth.
Rocklin High School's Blue Chip recruit, Brendan Lane, post up on Brooks an attempts to steal the ball.
Brendan Lane fouls Brooks at a Cal invitational last spring.
Brook's signature shot.
Coach Deponte had this to say about Brooks:
"Shauwn is one of the best pure shooters in high school basketball. He can make shots spotting up or pulling up off of the dribble. He has added two new dimensions to his offensive game, which has improved our offense's effectiveness. He is now taking his man off of the dribble and attacking the basket to score or to draw a second defender to set up a teammate for a kick out pass to them. Shauwn knows that he must improve his defense and has been working hard at doing just that. "
Coach Deponte, left in red shirt, watches as Shauwn drives to score against Darius Nelson #21.
Shauwn's interested in playing at the next level and has a short list, but is also interested in what other programs may have to offer. He's currently interested in playing at:
Which ever school Brooks chooses to attend will receive a strong player that has gone head to head with some of the best and biggest players in the state. He can put it on the floor, drive the ball, and pop up for the solid three or drive it in for the guaranteed two. Give him a look, you will not be disappointed.
Just another day in the office for Brooks. Some folks load up at the water cooler, Brooks loads up at the line – adding to PG's points and great 2007/2008 Season.