" Nets' MarShon Brooks STEAL of NBA Draft?"
Around this time last season rookie guard MarShon Brooks was a senior at Providence College, and not really a prospect on many analyst draft boards. Maybe because he wasn't at a powerhouse university, or the fact that his teams record wasn't the greatest, say what you want but he was slept on. Not talking tempur- pedic, but what i mean is analyst and critics showed little interest in Brooks. The guy then scored 43 points on a well coached John Thompson Georgetown Hoyas team, only to turn around and rip Notre Dame for 52 points. Displays like that earned him 3rd team All American honors, on March 5th 2011 Brooks scored 28 points against Rutgers to place himself at the top of the all-time big east single season scoring record. MarShon was also named to first team All Big East and was on of 20 finalist for the John R. Wooden Award, also he was second in the nation in scoring at 24.6 ppg. After life in Providence, Brooks worked hard training and getting his body ready for the NBA Combine, hearing Len Elmore rave about Brooks was suprising to some. As the combine went on Brooks' stock would rise, killing top guards in workouts such as Alec Burk and Klay Thompson he began to open eyes. At the combine his measurements were also very impressive most of all that 7'1 inch wing-spand that you find on power fowards. Being overshadowed by names like Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, and Jimmer Fredette, MarShon barely received the recognition he deserved yet. On June 23rd 2011 at the NBA Draft the New Jersey Nets traded up two picks to pry Brooks away from the Celtics, but many thought he would be gone by then due to the way he performed at the combine. With Brooks being from New Jersey it couldn't be a better fit, MarShon played his high school basketball at Tucker High School and led the Tigers to a 2007 State Championship. So far in his young rookie season Brooks has pleased coach Avery Johnson and staff with his willingness to learn and listen. Coach Johnson has switched the starting lineup on several occasions with Brooks getting the nod a majority of the time, he is averaging 15 ppg and 4 rpg so far. Not mentioned in Rookie of the Year talks much because of his teams lack of success, Brooks is putting up solid numbers for a number 25 pick in a not so watered down draft. Brooks can flat out score at will similar to Jamal Crawford of the Blazers, he has scored double digits in 12 out of the 15 games so far this year. He has been playing good defense, getting in passing lanes, blocking shots, and rebounding take a closer look at the rook. I believe MarShon Brooks is the steal of this years NBA Draft