June 24, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Former Providence College guard Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) was selected in the first round (25th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets on Thursday, June 23. He was then traded from the Celtics to the New Jersey Nets for the Nets first round pick at No. 27 -- who was JaJuan Johnson. Brooks, a 6-foot-5-inch, 200 pound shooting guard became the first Friar selected in the NBA Draft since Herbert Hill was selected in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. Brooks also became the 10th Providence College player to be selected in the first round. The last Friar selected in the first round of the NBA Draft was Austin Croshere who was selected 12th Overall by the Indiana Pacers in 1997.
"It was a long wait, definitely unexpected, but I'm very blessed to be in this situation," Brooks said after being drafted. "I got here through hard work and I will continue to work. I played a lot of different roles in my four years at Providence. Providence just has me so ready for this situation that I'm in right now. I like to score the ball. But I'm willing to do extra."
Brooks, a four-year member of the Providence College basketball team had a very productive senior season, as he has scored 20 or more points in 26 of 32 games, including four games with 30 or more points. For the season, he recorded 788 points, which ranks as the third-highest single season total in Friar history. He also registered 276 field goals, which is the fourth highest single-season total all-time at PC. He provided 32.5 percent of the team's offense becoming just the second Friar ever (Jimmy Walker) 1967 to account for at least 30 percent of the team's scoring.
In BIG EAST play, Brooks had one of the greatest offensive seasons in league history. Brooks broke the BIG EAST single-game scoring mark when he recorded 52 points on 20-28 shooting against No. 9 Notre Dame on February 23. His 20 field goals against No. 9 Notre Dame set a BIG EAST record for the most field goals in a game. He also established the BIG EAST single-season scoring mark with 468 points in 18 league games. Brooks set these records while leading the league in scoring in overall action (24.6 ppg) and in league action (26.0 ppg). He averaged 26.0 ppg in 18 league games, which is the fifth highest single-season average in 32 years of BIG EAST play.
He was the only player in the nation that averaged at least 24.0 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game. His 24.6 ppg average ranked second in the nation. Brooks earned numerous post-season awards including Associated Press Third Team All-America honors. He was the first PC player to be named an Associated Press All-American since Ryan Gomes was named First Team in 2004. Brooks became the ninth Friar to earn All-BIG EAST First Team honors and the first since Herbert Hill earned the accolade in 2007.
For his career, Brooks scored 1,629 points (14.4 ppg). He ranks ninth all-time in scoring at Providence College.
ALL-TIME PROVIDENCE COLLEGE NBA FIRST ROUND SELECTIONS
1960 Len Wilkens First (6) St. Louis Hawks
1967 Jimmy Walker First (1)* Detroit Pistons
1973 Ernie DiGregorio First (3) Buffalo Braves
1974 Marvin Barnes First (2) Philadelphia 76ers
1984 Otis Thorpe First (9) Kansas City Kings
1991 Eric Murdock First (21) Utah Jazz
1994 Dickey Simpkins First (21) Chicago Bulls
1995 Eric Williams First (14) Boston Celtics
1997 Austin Croshere First (12) Indiana Pacers
2011 Marshon Brooks First (25) Boston Celtics
* Only player to ever selected First (1) overall to play collegiate basketball at a New England College. -GO FRIARS-