Men's Basketball Signs JC Transfer Malcolm Brooks
April 30, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine men's basketball coach Marty Wilson announced today that the Waves have signed junior college guard Malcolm Brooks to a letter-of-intent. Brooks starred the last two seasons at Lamar (Colo.) Community College.
"Malcolm's overall skill level and ability to shoot and score in a variety of ways really excites me," Wilson said. "He will allow us to open the floor with another threat from beyond the three-point line."
The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Brooks, who hails from Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended Benjamin Cardozo High School, earned All-Region IX first team honors this past season for Lamar. He averaged a team-high 18.2 points along with 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists and shot 42.4% (73-for-172) on three-pointers and 79.1% (136-for-172) from the foul line.
"I liked the Pepperdine coaches a lot and developed a good relationship with Coach Wilson," said Brooks, who will be a junior with the Waves in 2013-14. "I got to spend time hanging out with the players and I got a good vibe from everybody. I like the pieces that they have and it's a going to be a great opportunity for me. I really liked the campus a lot too."
He helped Lamar to a 17-14 overall record. In the season finale, a 90-83 loss to Northwest College in the Region IX Tournament, Brooks poured in a career-high 35 points.
As a 2011-12 freshman for Lamar, Brooks also led the team with 17.1 points, as well as 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
"Malcolm is a phenomenal kid, first and foremost," Lamar Coach Adam Schwartz said. "He's a great kid to coach. He lives in the gym. Malcolm is a really dynamic scorer, who can score in a lot of different ways. He shoots the three well, he can put it on the dribble and finish at the rim, and he has a great mid-range game as well. His game translates well to the next level because he's versatile and he can play multiple guard positions. He's got a chance to go to Pepperdine and do a lot of the same things that he's done here."
At Cardozo High School, Brooks played for a New York coaching legend in Ron Naclerio. He was on the varsity for two seasons and played in the city championship game at Madison Square Garden as a senior.
The Waves still have one more scholarship that they can use during the spring signing period. In the fall, they landed a trio of incoming freshmen: Jeremy Major (Pasadena, Calif./Maranatha HS), Lamond Murray Jr. (Los Angeles, Calif./Bishop Montgomery HS) and Jeff Van Dyke (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS).