Doug or “Dougie” Brooks is poised to break out for VCU this season. He’s a 180 pound, 6-3 shooting guard who has havoc style written all over his game. With his freshman year under his belt, fans can be sure to see more of his talent on the court soon.
Last season Brooks did earn playing time in 24 games. Averaging 4.4 MIN/G, he got some good experience with the team during pressure situations. Brooks, only playing about 4 MIN/G, still managed to score in almost every game he was in. He averaged 1.9 PPG. In addition to his scoring, Brooks also managed to grab 15 rebounds and 6 steals during his game time last season. Brooks is never shy to take a shot or the ball, which makes him a very well rounded shooting guard.
Now we move onto his style of play. Brooks has always played with high energy. His high school career proved his ability to play quick, which is probably why Coach Smart noticed him. Brooks’s pace is not his only havoc style characteristic; he also plays with a very defensive mind set. Havoc will be able to thrive off of his defensively driven game along with his speed.
Brooks rounds out his skill set with his ability to see the court at all times. He is attacking the ball no matter where he is on the court. Brooks can be seen grabbing rebounds on offense, as a talented guard should, and finishes it out by snatching them on defense as well. Brooks’s eye for the court is not only beneficial to his ball handling; it enables him to have a great perimeter shot as well.
Rob Brandenberg was Coach Smart’s go-to shooting guard over these past few seasons. With his graduation, a spot opens for a star shooting guard. Brooks has had his freshman year to grow both personally and with the team. This experience looks to have groomed Brooks perfectly to be able to earn this open spot next fall.
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