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Ryan Brooks wins John Wooden Award

Posted: April 12, 2014 8:51 p.m.
Updated: April 12, 2014 8:51 p.m.

Trinity Classical Academy basketball player Ryan Brooks, right, stands with Creighton University basketball player Doug McDermott on Friday during the John R. Wooden awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Courtesy photo

The Brooks family will probably be telling stories about their Friday night for a long time to come.

Ryan, the CIF-Southern Section Boys Basketball Player of the Year in Division VI from Trinity Classical Academy, was being honored with the John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year Award in Division VI while his father, John, the CIF-SS Division VI Coach of the Year, was chatting up Creighton University head basketball coach Greg McDermott.

Ryan got a picture with Greg’s son, Doug, the college winner of the Wooden Award and the NCAA’s fifth all-time scorer, later that night.

The meeting of the potent father-son duos came at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during Friday’s awards ceremony honoring the best basketball players in the college and high school levels.

“It was a great experience,” said Ryan. “Being around such great basketball players made me feel very privileged. There were so many great basketball minds there and to be around them was very motivational.”

Brooks, who averaged 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.5 blocks per game as he led the Knights to a CIF-SS Division VI title as a junior, will be one of the top players on the division going into his senior year.

And after spending a night with the most talented college and high school players in the country, he knows the level of play he needs to maintain to stay at the top.


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