Ben Couch of BrooklynNets.com wrote a very good, featured biographical story on MarShon Brooks today. It is 4,000 words long. Here are my notes on the story:
- Brooks has been shooting threes since he was seven years old. He explains, “It was tough to keep a basketball out of my hands, real tough. So I always worked on my skills growing up.”
- Throughout his life, MarShon’s basketball coaches have told him that no one can guard him.
- Brooks had a late growth spurt and his hands are enormous. Note: I once gave Brooks a high five after a game and his hands were at least double the size of mine.
- The summer before his senior year at college, MarShon worked really hard on his game and as he explains, it paid off, “I worked really, really hard on the beach, did a lot of work, came into my senior year in the best condition of my life, and it all paid off. My jump shot, my body was at an all-time high; I was nice and strong, and I think that was the biggest step for me, was just getting my body right and having the confidence.”
- His senior year basketball coach was very impressed with Brooks: “At an off-guard position, when you’re a perimeter player shooting 3s, those numbers were pretty amazing, especially when he was going up against Big East talent that was focusing completely on him as our main — if not our only — scoring threat each and every night.”
- In a preseason game, Amare Stoudemire introduced Brooks to pain in the NBA after blocking a shot and knocking him to the floor. Brooks relives the moment: “Man. He. Put. Me. On. My. (Butt). I’m just falling by the cheerleaders, just falling on my tailbone sooooo hard. And you know — obviously thinking I’m going to get the call — I look up, and they’re running down the court. I’m like ‘Oh, (snap).’”
- Deron Williams once called Brooks’ basketball confidence “borderline cocky” in a good way.
- Brooks likes watching game film: “You understand, I watch film just ’cause I entertain myself. Obviously, I want to get better and learn a couple things about myself, but when I watch film, usually it’s fun. I’ve gotta be watching basketball. It’s almost scary.”
- Brooks understands his role next season: “I think we’ve got so many weapons this year, there’s gonna be nights where D-Will goes off or Joe goes off. We’ve got so many different players that could go off, it’s just focus on the little things that I can help, like rebounding and assists. As long as I don’t focus on scoring, I think everything will be all right, because scoring comes easy for me.”
After having a nice rookie season, Brooks is definitely capable of having a really exciting sophomore year.