Erik Brooks: sweet-shooting Summit High School senior
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FARMER’S KORNER ” Erik Brooks was alone in the Summit High School auxiliary gym Monday after practice doing what he does best ” making jump shots.
The senior captain of the SHS boys’ basketball team is one game and 18 points away from closing out an astounding senior season as one of the most prolific scorers the Tigers have ever had.
Brooks set the school’s single-season record for 3-pointers made on Feb. 12 by hitting his 60th bomb of the season. And tonight, in the Tigers’ season finale at home against Golden High School, he can establish a new mark for points in a season by scoring 18 or more.
“It’s exciting, considering the year we’ve had,” Brooks said.
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The Tigers are still winless on the season, despite Brooks being among the top-five in a number of statistical categories for the Jeffco League. His 60 3-pointers ” which he made at a 40 percent clip ” are tied for the league lead, and he also averages more than 15 points per night.
“Erik is a really good leader as an example (to his teammates) and on the floor helping other players out,” SHS head coach Mark Ruybal said. “He’s been a good captain for us.”
Even if the team’s record has been disappointing, the individual success that Brooks has had this season has been above his expectations.
Coming into the season, Brooks had hoped that the 3-point record could be a possibility after knocking down 47 shots from behind the arc as a junior.
“It was a goal of mine last season, and I finished 11 short of the record,” he said. “So, this year, I just wanted to go for it.”
As the season started, Brooks said that he was thinking about it quite a bit.
“At the beginning of the season, I really started out hot and thought that I could do this,” he said. “Then I lost count at around 15 and stopped trying to count.”
But with eight games to go in the 22-game schedule, Brooks realized that he had made over 40 3-pointers and that the record was within reach.
He was two off the record 58 heading into the game on Feb. 12, but broke it quickly with a hot start.
“Our coach called a timeout right away after it, and I was just so pumped that I don’t even remember what he was saying in the huddle,” Brooks said. “I just couldn’t stop thinking about it.”
Though Brooks is now cementing his name in the school’s record books because of his jump shot, he’d never put too much time into practicing it. As a three-sport athlete, he just never had much time for it.
“I don’t really know where it came from,” Brooks, who also plays soccer and baseball, said of his pure stroke. “I’ve always just been kind of a shooter since I was a little kid. I always just wanted to shoot.”
And that’s what Brooks will do tonight in his final game in a Tiger uniform. He said that, although the scoring record would be nice, he’d rather score zero points if it meant his team would get that one elusive win.
“The season hasn’t gone the way we wanted it to,” he said. “Hopefully, we can end it well.”
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