Strengths: Energetic big man known for his toughness, physicality, and rebounding. He's a beast on the boards (rips rebounds away) and often uses his great length to grab offensive rebounds and create extra possessions for his team, or secure defensive rebounds which leads fast break opportunities. He has knack for following his teammates misses with tip-ins/putbacks. Brooks' muscular physique and long arms gives him the tools to be a dominant post defender as he can bang with big bodies and block/change shots at the rim. He's very agile for his size and runs the floor well in transition, often outrunning his defender and is rewarded with easy scores. He has also displayed nice athleticism in the open court and is able to rise above the rim and throw down a few rim-rocking dunks. Offensively, there have been glimpses of his improving low-post scoring abilities and soft touch around the basket. He can utilize his agility and footwork to spin off his defender, and has shown good balance with his back to the basket. Capable of knocking down 10-15 ft. jumper.
Weaknesses: Needs to continue working on his free throws. Still a bit raw on the offensively in the post, but has made great strides and has shown improvement with his ability to score in the paint using post moves (i.e. hook shot using drop step into the lane). Brooks needs to continue his working on his ball-handling and being able to take his man off the dribble. Improving both of those aspects of his game will enhance his face-up ability. Although he has a nice body frame and size he still has room to grow.
Overall: Heading into his senior year, the recent Cincinnati will man the middle as 235-pound defensive force for Life Center Academy (N.J.). His value will continue to lie on the defensive end and on the boards, but don't be surprised if he continues to try to assert himself on offense as he continues to develop a solid post game. Brooks is a hard worker with high-motor and still has room to grow. Expect him to finish out his high school career with building momentum for himself as he prepares to be a welcome addition to the Cincinnati Bearcats in the 2016-17 college season.