By Donnell Suggs
Team Carroll, named after and sponsored by current Toronto Raptors and former Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll, spent this past week dominating some of the country’s top AAU basketball teams before losing in the semifinals of Summer Havoc tournament in Spartanburg, South Carolina. One of the key players on Team Carroll is LaFayette native and Auburn High School rising senior forward/center Garrison Brooks. Brooks’ play throughout the summer AAU circuit has ramped up his recruitment and will most likely take some of the pressure off during his final season in Auburn. Brooks’ play has been steady if not spectacular, “I feel pretty good about my play [in South Carolina], said Brooks. “I like the way my team competed.”
Offers from Arizona State, Arkansas and Virginia Commonwealth have rolled in for brooks during the week to go along with others. According to Brooks, the Arizona State offer seems to have jumped to the top of the ever growing list for a number of reasons. “The ASU offer is probably the most intriguing to me,” said Brooks by phone on Monday morning. “ASU is a really good school, the Pac-12 is loaded from top to bottom, the conference has it’s own channel and coach Bobby Hurley really knows the game.”
The deluge of scholarship opportunities for the big man has his mother Mrs. Tamala C. Colquitt both excited and mentally exhausted. “It’s a wonderful problem when you’re trying to narrow down where you are going to spend the next few years of your life,” she said by phone on sunday night not long after returning from South Carolina. Colquitt regularly attends her three sons’ sporting events. “To have this many doors opening because of basketball is a privilege.”
Brooks and Team Carroll will play in a tournament in Cartersville, Georgia starting on Wednesday before leaving for Las Vegas next week.