One of top 2016 Student Athletes in Northern California, Isaiah Brooks Sheldon HS, (CA) has been showing out grabbing attention from college recruiters and media outlets. Mid Major Hoops Report has invited him to our “Players Corner” where we at MMHR are proud to highlight him and allow him to give us insight on his recruitment at this time…..
Isaiah Brooks(2016), 6’0″ combo guard, is a tough as nails player. He is a good ball handler with both hands. Isaiah penetrates and kicks the ball out well. Also, he has a nice midrange game. – Ladell Hill, Jr.(@coachadvocatus)
MMHR: What is your official height and weight?
IB: 6’0″ 155 lbs.
MMHR: What position do you see yourself playing in college?
MMHR: What AAU team are you playing with this year?
IB: Not sure yet.
MMHR: Describe your game for coaches and fans who haven’t seen you play yet?
IB: I like to get to the basket. But I like to involve my team by getting assists and sharing the ball. I love to drive left and I can shoot the ball from afar very well.
MMHR: What makes you stand out the most from other players you compete against?
IB: I play basketball the right way. I move the ball, cut, screen, get open, and take shots when I need to. I also take pride in my defense, which I encourage more young people to do.
MMHR: What part of your game do you feel like you’ve improved on the most in the last year?
IB: I feel like I have improved on my right hand as well as on my control of my body when I dribble or get to the basket.
MMHR: What aspect of your game are you working the hardest on to improve?
IB: I am trying very hard to work on my strength, as well as the mental part off the game too.
MMHR: What schools have shown strong interest so far?
IB: Villanova and Maryland have shown interest in my game so far.
MMHR: Who are some of the college coaches who have made an impression on you
and your family?
IB: No college coaches have made an impact yet. But I feel there soon will be one.
MMHR: Do you have a top five to ten schools you’re looking at right now?
IB: I have about 5 colleges I am looking at right now: Cal, UCLA, SDSU, Florida, and UNLV.
MMHR: What schools have you visited? Do you have any visits planned for the future?
IB: I have visited Cal, UCLA, and SDSU recently. I plan to visit many other schools as well, especially in the PAC-12.
MMHR: Would you prefer to play college basketball close to home, or is that not a factor for you?
IB: I would like to play college basketball in California. But if my best option is out of state then I’ll get ready.
MMHR: How hard do you work on your game? How much time do you put in?
IB: I love to work on my game. I would say I put in about anywhere from 4-7 hours of work on my game.
MMHR: How old were you when you first picked up a basketball?
IB: My parents tell me the first time I picked up a basketball was when I was a 1 year old, probably even younger than that.
MMHR: What things are really important to you when it comes to choosing where to play college basketball?
IB: I want to make sure that I like the coach, the teammates that are older and more experienced than me as well as the program. I want to be somewhere where I am wanted, by everyone.
MMHR: Who are some of the mentors who helped you get to where you are right now?
IB: My mentors are my parents and God.
MMHR: What’s your favorite moment as a basketball player so far?
IB: My favorite part of being a basketball player so far is that it’s not easy being a basketball player.. and that’s why I like it so much.. because I’m privileged.
MMHR: What are your short term goals as a basketball player?
IB: As of right now, my short term goal is being able to dunk consistently and in games as well.
MMHR: What are your long term goals?
IB: My long term goals is to make it to a D1 college, where I can get an guaranteed education, and hopefully make it professionally.
MMHR: Do you have a Facebook or Twitter that you’d like to share with us?
IB: I have a twitter account. It is @zaybrooks_
MMHR: What style of play do you prefer?
IB: I like to run out on fastbreak. But I don’t want to force anything and get turnovers. So sometimes I will bring it out and try to run something in the half-court. I can do either at any time.
MMHR: Who’s a player in college basketball or the NBA that you really respect?
IB: My favorite highschool player was Austin Rivers. My favorite college player is Dakari Allen, he has given me encouragement. My favorite NBA player as of right now is James Harden, because I feel like I play just like him. My favorite NBA player of all time is Allen Iverson, one of the greatest point guards of all time.
MMHR: Do you prefer Nike, adidas, or Under Armour?
IB: I have always preferred Nike, but I have also worn Jordan’s and Adidas shoes as well. I prefer Nike on the court but I like Jordan’s off.
Special Thanks to the Brooks family for allowing us to interview their son! Good luck on the rest of your season this year.