|Pierre Brooks II-2021 Detroit, MI|
Although the State of Michigan has a long history of producing elite basketball talent, in most cases, the top young ballers rarely receive the recognition they deserve until later in their high school careers. Pierre Brooks II (6’3/combo guard/2021/MI) is one of those players who deserve early props. Already 6’3, only in the 8th grade, with an impressive skill set; Brooks has the potential to play high major ball with continued growth and development. Oh yea, by most accounts, Brooks is easily one of the top 4-5 players in the state of Michigan.
We’ve seen Brooks play on several occasions, and we’ve left impressed every time we’ve seen him. Specifically, he made his debut at our spring elite showcase, where he established himself as a stud, when his standout performance garnered him an all-star game appearance. We saw him again at our Buckeye Prep Summer Showdown tournament in June, when he teamed up with Keon Henderson’s Detroit Doughboys squad and took home the championship and All-Tournament Team honors. We last caught him in action at our fall elite showcase, where he again logged in an impressive performance, which led to a spot in the all-star game and a Top 5 Award.
He’s not only made noise at our events, but all-star performances at the John Lucas Right Way Camp in Chicago, Bank Hoops All-State Camp, NEO Youth Elite Showcase and at the D-Rich Camp has made him an elite name on the national level. Not only does he standout in individual settings, Brooks’ play with The Family at the U-13 AAU Nationals last year where he helped lead his team to a 2nd place finish, proved he can get it done in a team format as well. According to Sean Moore, head coach of The Family, Brooks had a breakout performance at the AAU Nationals last season. “…Pierre was dominate; he more than held his own against some of the top teams [at the event],” said Moore. Coach Moore is also very impressed with Brooks’ game, attitude and character. “…Pierre is the “true definition of a postionless player. He’s silky smooth, a lights out shooter and is a team player who is also is coachable.” Moore offered. In addition, for his 6-1 St. Clair Montesalco Middle School team, Brooks is averaging 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists per game.
If his size, ball skills, ability to knock down the 3-ball consistently and play multiple positions weren’t enough, Brooks’ basketball IQ sets him apart from his peers. The son of Pierre Brook Sr., a high school basketball coach at Detroit’s Fredrick Douglas High School since 2001, the younger Brooks has been around basketball since he was 3 years old. Brooks also excels in the classroom and he has a respectable 3’2 GPA to prove it. Although Brooks is also a standout in baseball, where he’s shortstop and pitcher, he has his sights on college basketball. We'll get our next opportunity to evaluate Brooks at our March 4th Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase. Keep an eye on this kid; he could be a good one!