Many in the East didn't know too much about Aaron Brooks, a jet quick 6-0, 160 pound point guard from Franklin H.S. in Seattle, Washington. But after Brooks has played three days at the ADIDAS camp in Teaneck, New Jersey, one would have to say Brooks is one of the best lead guards in the 2003 class.
Of course, the West schools know all about Brooks. In fact, UCLA is one of many programs that have tendered Brooks a scholarship offer, and the floor general took an official visit to the PAC 10 juggernaut earlier last month.
In addition to Steve Lavin's Bruin program, Brooks said he has also been offered by Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Nevada, Gonzaga and San Diego.
Florida State and North Carolina have also called to express interest. In fact, Brooks said he has spoken to both Tar Heel Head Coach Matt Doherty and Asst. Coach Doug Wojcik recently. UNC has been on hand to watch Brooks play over the past three days.
Initially, Brooks had hoped to have a decision by August, but he said it's now looking more like he won't make a decision until September at the earliest.
"I need to take some visits so that I can compare each school," he said. Brooks will have four visits left to utilize in the fall if he so chooses.
Brooks is slated to attend the adidas Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas and the Oakland SNJ Elite 8x2 Tournament in Berkeley, Calif., with the Seattle Rotary club.
However, the latter two events might be shelved so that Brooks can attend the COPABA Tournament in Venezuela. He is one of sixteen finalists for the 12-man United States Jr. National team. The final practices will take place from July 14-21 in Miami, and four players will be sliced from the squad at the conclusion of the week.
Last season at Franklin H.S., Brooks averaged 18 points, five rebounds, 7.5 assists and two steals per game.
Brooks hasn't missed a free throw yet and he runs a razor sharp offense when he has the rock in his hands.