Brooks signs with Underwood, SFA

By Grant Guggisberg

Manhattan High grad Connor Brooks knows all about the kind of coach he signed to play for when he signed with Stephen F. Austin this week.

After two years of junior-college basketball at Northern Oklahoma-Enid, Brooks will be reunited with former Kansas State associate head coach Brad Underwood, who recently left Frank Martin’s staff at South Carolina to take his first head-coaching job at NCAA Division-I Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Underwood and Brooks were both in Manhattan during Brooks’ high-school career.

As a guard at Enid this season, Brooks scored 13.7 points per game while averaging 6.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals. He shot 42 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3.

He led the team to a 45-20 record during his two-year juco career, while being named to the 2012 all-region first team this season.

When he played shooting guard for his father Tim Brooks at Manhattan High School, Connor Brooks set the single-season school record for steals (63) and steal average (3 per game) while also finishing second in career 3-point makes and attempts.

Brooks will have two years of eligibility as a Lumberjack.

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