Derrick Brooks has gotten off to a solid start this AAU season and has seen his stock begin to rise during the first few weeks of April. The 6-foot-2, point guard transferred from Liberty County (Ga.) to Bartow High School (Fla.) this past season forcing him to adjust a new system with new players.
Brooks played very well earlier this month at the Knoxvegas Invitational.
Brooks was able to pick things up quickly as he finished the season leading the county in assists. Defining himself as a pass first point guard, he talked about his season and the strengths of his game.
“I am really more of a passer first and score second kind of guy, I take a lot of pride in my passing game,” Brooks told 247Sports. “I was new to the team this season and they looked at me like the new kid. I focused on being a passer first and a score second kind of guy which helped me have a good season.”
Due to his transfer, Brooks is just starting to see his recruitment get underway. Heading into AAU season Brooks has spoken with a couple schools but playing this summer with the Florida Q6 All-Stars, he expects more schools to become involved.
“I have talked with Florida Gulf Coast, Iowa, George Mason and Massachusetts,” he said. “There have been several more. I know Southern Mississippi is supposed to be in touch with me soon and then Oklahoma State, Tennessee and a couple others have been talking to my coaches.”
Currently, Brooks holds offers from Southern Mississippi, Massachusetts, Auburn and James Madison as well as a host of other mid-major programs. The bigger programs are starting to show their interest with Tennessee, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Xavier and Florida State having all reached out to the 4.0 student.
As for the criteria that will help him make a decision, Brooks has a pretty simple idea of what will stick out.
“It will be will coach will not promise me playing time,” he said. “I want to have to work for it, then there will be the atmosphere. I want a good family atmosphere and how I fit in with the guys, distance is not a factor, wherever I fit in is where I will go, education comes first and will be important.”