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Brooks hosts pair of SEC programs

Thursday marked the first day college basketball coaches could get back on the road following the dead period around Final Four weekend. Auburn (Ala.) Auburn power forward Garrison Brooks had a pair of SEC schools stop by his house and will host a couple more schools throughout the weekend.

IN HIS OWN WORDS

Brooks talked about his in-home visits with Alabama and Georgia on Thursday.

Alabama: “It went well with Alabama. It was the first time I really got to sit down and talk with coach [Avery] Johnson. I finally got a chance to talk to him about how I fit and how he can help me become a better man and a better basketball player at Alabama.”

Georgia: “Everything went really well with them. I got a chance to talk to coach [Mark] Fox. I really the talk we had. It was really good talk. Me and coach [Philip] Pearson have a great relationship already. I think he’s a great coach and probably going to make a great head coach someday.”

UAB will be in this weekend with new head coach Rob Ehsan.

“It’s been really good with them. I really liked coach Ehsan a lot when he was an assistant. They have been one of the schools that has been there since Day 1.”

Mississippi State, where the four-star power forward’s father coaches, will be in this weekend as well.

“It’s alright. I still like their program. They have a good thing going there. I have an in-home visit with coach [Ben] Howland coming up. If I go there, it’s because I like Mississippi State and not because my dad is coaching there.”

WHAT'S NEXT?

Brooks doesn’t have any visits planned at the moment. His focus will be on playing with the Georgia Stars throughout the travel season. He plans to take at least a few official visits before making a commitment and signing during the early signing period.

RIVALS' REACTION

For a while, Georgia and Vanderbilt were thought to be the leaders for Brooks. With the coaching change at Vanderbilt and Alabama deciding to make Brooks more of a priority, it looks like it’s now a battle between the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs. Don’t completely rule out UAB with Ehsan taking over nor would it be wise to count out Mississippi State given his connection there.