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Prospect Profile:
Darren Brooks

Full Name: Darren Darnell Brooks
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-3 (1.91 m) / 205 (93.0 kg)
Birthdate: August 28, 1982 (St. Louis, Mo.)
High School: Jennings HS (St. Louis, Mo.)
College: Southern Illinois
 
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Originally an early entry candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration.

Career Highlights: Named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year his junior and senior seasons. Finished collegiate career as the school’s all-time leader in steals (258), and also ranks in the top 10 in points (1,761, fifth), three-point field goals made (156, sixth), rebounds (673, 10th), assists (410, third) and blocked shots (77, seventh).

Senior (2004-05): Led team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals for the second consecutive season. Set school single-season records for assists (150) and steals (92). Scored 20 or more points seven times, with a career-high of 27 points vs. Murray State. Recorded four double-doubles. Scored 17 points and grabbed career-high 11 rebounds at Wichita State. Led team with 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting vs. SW Missouri State in the semifinals of the MVC Tournament. Registered 17 points and seven rebounds in the second round of the NCAA Tournament vs. Oklahoma State.

Junior (2003-04): Led MVC in scoring (16.5 ppg) and also ranked in the top 10 in rebounding (eighth), assists (ninth) and steals (second). Scored in double figures in every game, with a season-high 26 points at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and vs. Montana. Named MVC Player of the Week three times. Set a school single-game record with eight steals at Drake. Led team with 25 points vs. Alabama in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Sophomore (2002-03): Averaged 12.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in his first year as a full-time starter. Led the team in assists and steals, and ranked second in rebounding. Scored 20 or more points six times, with a season-high 25 points at Wichita State.

Redshirt Freshman (2001-02): Averaged 9.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 23.0 minutes per contest. Led the team in free throw shooting and three-point field goal percentage. Came off the bench to score 16 points vs. Georgia in the NCAA Tournament.

Freshman (2000-01): Appeared in two games before making the decision to redshirt.

Strengths: Cerebral player who’s comfortable at both guard spots. Solid defender who has a knack for being around the ball and making steals.

Personal: Earned a bachelor’s degree in health education. Also excelled in high school as a quarterback on the football team and a shortstop/pitcher on the baseball team.

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