April 17, 2013

VCU INKS GUARD DOUG BROOKS

RICHMOND, Va. – Add one more for Havoc.

Shooting guard Doug Brooks (Lake Wales, Fla.) signed a National Letter of Intent with VCU Wednesday and will join the Rams this fall.

A consensus three-star recruit, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound Brooks fits Coach Smart's prototype of a speedy, defensive-minded guard for VCU's "Havoc" style. Brooks who starred at Lake Wales High School and for Each 1 Teach 1 on the AAU circuit, is also an accomplished long-range shooter. He chose VCU after drawing interest from South Carolina, South Florida, Illinois State, Central Florida, Arkansas and others.

"We're very excited about the addition of Doug Brooks to our program," Smart said. "He is an extremely hungry, motivated young man who fits our profile on and off the court. Our fans will quickly develop an appreciation for his approach towards the game."

Dave Telep, ESPN's Director of Scouting, ranked Brooks' senior campaign 10th on his list of "Top 10 Under the Radar Seasons", writing that the Lake Wales senior possessed "basketball I.Q., defensive intensity and a legit 3-point shot." In addition, ESPN ranks Brooks as the No. 11 player in the entire state of Florida. Rivals.com labeled him as one of the state's "premier shooters".

In 2012, Brooks helped nationally ranked Lake Wales to a 28-4 record and a Florida Class 5A State Championship. This year, Brooks paced a Highlanders squad that finished 22-8 and was ranked No.1 in the state of Florida for much of the season.

At the City of Palms Tournament in December, Brooks scored 23 points and grabbed five steals in a win over Paul VI (Washington, D.C.), ranked 17th nationally by USA Today. Days later, Brooks dropped 32 points and hit 8-of-16 three-pointers in a win over Chester (Pa.). In three games at the prestigious tournament, Brooks averaged 23 points and 5.3 steals per game.

Following the win over Paul VI, Lake Wales Coach Randy Lee described Brooks in a way that would make it easy to understand the VCU coaching staff's interest.

"Doug is just a tremendous energy player," Lee said. "He does a great job making deflections and making plays. He's pretty much our heart beat."

Brooks joins an impressive 2013 VCU recruiting class that includes guards JeQuan Lewis and Jairus Lyles, as well as forward Antravious Simmons. The Rams were 27-9 a year ago and earned an NCAA Tournament victory for the third straight season. VCU will return three starters in 2013-14, including All-Atlantic 10 standouts Treveon Graham and Juvonte Reddic. A-10 Defensive Player of the Year Briante Weber also returns.

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