Mississippi State basketball added a significant piece to its signing class Wednesday, and it is one that many thought would be a long shot.
Four-star power forward Garrison Brooks out of Auburn High School in Alabama, announced his commitment and signed to MSU during a ceremony at his high school.
Brooks averaged 15.9 points and 11.4 rebounds last season before raising his stock while on the AAU circuit over the summer. His father, George Brooks, is on Ben Howland’s staff at MSU, but Brooks said his decision had more to do with MSU being the best fit from both an academic and basketball standpoint.
“The closer I got, the more it made sense,” Brooks said. “Mississippi State will have a really good year in the SEC.”
MSU entered Wednesday expecting to have only five-star Velma Jackson point guard Nick Weatherspoon and three-star forward KeyShawn Feazell of Lawrence County sign. The addition of Brooks, who fits in as another big is significant from the Bulldogs’ perspective.
Brooks is close friends with Weatherspoon.
“I think we can dominate together,” Brooks said. “I am really looking forward to that.”
Brooks’ decision is somewhat surprising because many recruiting experts predicted him to choose North Carolina, which is the school he most recently visited. Brooks, one of the top-rated players in Alabama, had several other intriguing offers to play at the next level, including North Carolina, LSU, Auburn and Georgia.