THIS SEASON: Brandon Brooks, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound sophomore guard, is in his first year with the Trojans in 2003 after a year off from basketball spent at Compton (Calif.) College, concentrating on academics. A talented playmaker and a tenacious defender, he will challenge for the starting job at point guard.
SAID BIBBY: "Brandon Brooks is kind of an extension of (former USC point guard) Brandon Granville. He's a heady point guard and a winner. He plays the open court game well and distributes the ball as well as anyone we've had here. He brings a competitive edge. He will help make up for the kind of intangibles we lose without Granville."
COMPTON COLLEGE: Brooks was named the top-rated JUCO sophomore point guard by Lindy's Basketball and a Street & Smith's Preseason All-America fourth team selection entering the 2002 season ... But he did not play last year at Indian Hills College in Ottumwa, Ia., and transferred to Compton (Calif.) College in January of 2002 ... He completed the academic year there while redshirting.
INDIAN HILLS COLLEGE: As a 2001 freshman at Indian Hills College, Brooks averaged 14.7 points and 7.6 assists, earning NJCAA Region XI first team honors.
HIGH SCHOOL: A prep star at Jefferson High in Portland, Ore., Brooks was tabbed an All-America honorable mention choice by USA Today as a 2000 senior and a 1999 junior ... The 2000 Oregon Player of the Year, he averaged 21.0 points, 9.0 assists and 4.0 steals his senior year, leading Jefferson High to a 28-0 record and the Oregon Class 4-A state title.
SIDELIGHTS: Brooks was born on Sept. 18, 1981 ... He plans to major in sociology.