With less than two months remaining before college basketball’s early signing period, a trend that may take off in football as well, many coaching staffs are putting in the legwork to gain favor of the nation’s top recruits. One such prospect is Lafayette (Ala.) Auburn power forward Garrison Brooks, a player that checks in as the No. 30 power forward in the country according to 247Sports.com.
Listed at 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds, Brooks is a lengthy competitor at the four that has impressed coaches across the country with his work down low; the four-star recruit holds offers from many power schools across the country. Programs near and far are working to land the talented big man, and Brooks is listening to suitors, both new and old.
Auburn is a nearby school that has long been a factor in his recruitment, and the entire Tigers’ coaching staff stopped by Brooks’ home on Wednesday night to visit the prep star and continue to pitch a potential future at Auburn. The Tigers’ staff, with head coach Bruce Pearl in tow, posed for a picture with Brooks, which he then posted to his Twitter account shortly thereafter.
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Auburn’s interest is the product of not only Brooks’ high ceiling as a player at the four but also his determination to take his game to the next level. He has aspirations of playing in college before reaching the NBA, and that does not come to fruition without hard work. As a result, he has been a regular participant in gym workouts this summer.
“I’ve been getting stronger, but I feel like I should focus on conditioning more,” Brooks told Today’s U. “The parts of my game I’ve been working the hardest at is improving my skill, which is always good when you go up a level.”
On the court, Brooks has a lot of qualities that translate well to the college level, such as his persistence when cleaning up the glass and the strength in which he takes the ball to the hoop. He is skilled at using his pivot move to free up space around the basket as well, a useful skill that frequently ends in points for his team.
On account of these traits, Brooks is experiencing a high volume of attention from collegiate coaches, such as his recent visit from the Auburn staff. When asked which programs were showing him the most attention, he answered with a grouping of North Carolina, Arizona State, Auburn, Georgia and SMU.
Auburn is an SEC team in his home state, so it is logical that the Tigers would be aggressively pursuing a commitment from the talented forward. North Carolina is a traditional power, so Brooks’ interest in the school is also not difficult to discern. But he is also taking into account a smaller school that is located in the same state as the Tar Heels.
“I am also considering Campbell in North Carolina,” Brooks said.
Since so many top-flight Division I schools are recruiting him, it raises the question as to why Campbell is reserved a position in his decision-making process at this stage.
“[Because] my great relationship with Ander Galfsky,” Brooks said.
Galfsky is the assistant director of basketball operations for Campbell, a member of the staff that Brooks has forged a strong relationship with. Brooks says Galfsky sees him playing in the NBA, a goal that is not too dissimilar to his own plan.
With reaching the pro level as the goal, Brooks will continue to communicate with coaches and evaluate which school he best fits, a decision that currently does not have a timeline.