Thursday, February 21, 2013

Gerald Brooks Player of the Week

Brooks earns PSAC-West weekly honor

Rock senior forward Gerald Brooks was named Monday as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division "Player of the Week" after averaging 13.5 points and 14.0 rebounds in two SRU wins last week

Gerald Brooks

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Slippery Rock University senior forward Gerald Brooks was named Monday as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division men's basketball “Player of the Week.”

A 6-foot-5, 230-pound native of Pittsburgh and graduate of Schenley High School, Brooks earned the honor by averaging 13.5 points and 14.0 rebounds in two Rock wins last week.

Brooks scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in SRU's 94-76 home win over Lock Haven Feb. 13 and had 11 points and 13 rebounds in last Saturday's win over Edinboro in Morrow Field House.

Brooks shot 42% (11 of 26) from the field and 83% (5 of 6) from the foul line in last week's action. He was 0-for-3 on 3-point shots and handed out four assists.

Behind Brooks' lead, SRU was the only PSAC-West men's team to record a pair of victories in as many games last week and, more importantly, remained tied for second place in the PSAC-West standings.

The Rock, owners of 17-6 overall and 14-5 PSAC records, share the No. 2 spot with Gannon (20-5, 14-5), one game behind division-leading Indiana, Pa. (19-4, 15-4) with three games remaining on each team's regular-season schedule.

SRU travels to sixth-place California, Pa. (10-13, 9-10) for a 7:30 p.m. game Wednesday before meeting IUP and Gannon back-to-back in the final regular-season games. The Rock host IUP in a 3 p.m. game Saturday, then travel to Erie for a 7:30 p.m. game at Gannon Feb. 27.

The Rock are also assured of playing at least one game in the PSAC tournament. The postseason berth is the third consecutive claimed by the Green and White and fourth in five seasons under head coach Kevin Reynolds.

Brooks, a 2012-13 Basketball Times Preseason All-Americas selection, is currently averaging 12.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game in his first season with The Rock. He ranks second on the team in rebounding, third on the team in scoring and fourth among PSAC players in rebounds.

Prior to joining The Rock, Brooks earned three All-PSAC-West honors at IUP. He was the division's Rookie of the Year and earned second-team all-conference honors in 2006-07 before claiming first-team All-PSAC-West honors in both the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.

Brooks scored 1,103 points and grabbed 544 rebounds in three seasons at IUP. He ranks 15th on the school's career rebounds list and is 20th in career scoring.

This winter at SRU, Brooks has scored 10 or more points in 13 of the 17 games in which he has played and has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in eight games.
Bob McComas
Sports Information Director
Slippery Rock University
1 Morrow Way - Room 201 Old Main
Slippery Rock, Pa. 16057
Office: 724.738.2777
Cell: 724.421.5658

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