Rebels look to Brooks to take control of games
NATCHEZ — Brandon Brooks towers over his competition.
At 6-foot-5, the Adams County Christian School senior can take over a game at any point, and the Rebels constantly look to him to do it all on the court.
“When he is rolling, we roll,” ACCS head coach Richy Spears said. “We are able to move the ball better and get a lot of open looks.”
But just because he is one of the biggest players on the floor, doesn’t mean Brooks is limited in what he can do.
“He is trouble down low for people because of his agility, athleticism and jumping ability,” Spears said.
Brooks started playing basketball when he was five, but back then, he couldn’t dominate everyone with height.
“Actually I wasn’t always one of the tallest,” he said. “I really started growing when I was in the 10th grade.”
Now, Brooks has the team on his shoulders, but it isn’t necessarily something he feels pressured about.
“It is really nothing at all,” he said. “I just play like every game is our last.”
Brooks brings a unique quality with his game, which many other big men can’t do.
“I am able to go in left-handed, which is a lot different from a lot of other big men,” he said. “Most of them are right-handed.”
After racking up points on one end of the floor, Brooks can usually be found on the other end denying points for the opposing team.
“When he is down low, I feel like he can guard anybody,” Spears said. “He may not block every shot, but he is going to alter a bunch of shots. He is going to alter what teams try and do, because they think they aren’t going to be able to get in there and score on us. He is a big deal.”
Rounding out his game is his dominance on the boards, grabbing rebounds left, right and even over the heads of opponents.
“To be a good rebounder you’ve just got to really box out,” Brooks said. “If you box out good, they really can’t stop you. All they can do is foul.”
Brooks said he is feeling good about the team, now that everyone is present and hopes to make a run to the state championship.
“In the beginning it was kind of slow because we didn’t have all of our people, but we are getting it together now,” Brooks said. “I want us to win a state championship, nothing personal, it is all about the team.”