Larry Brooks — Indiana University
For Madison Central point guard Larryn Brooks, choosing a college turned out to be an easy decision.
“I made one visit (to Indiana) and that’s really all it took,” Brooks said. “I love the coaches. The facilities were amazing. I just thought this was the place for me.”
Brooks also considered Xavier, Miami, Fla. and EKU, but felt Indiana was a perfect fit.
The Hoosiers went 6-24 during the 2011-12 season and 1-15 in the Big Ten while playing against nationally ranked opponents like Penn State, Ohio State, Purdue and Nebraska.
In March, Indiana hired Curt Miller, who had previously coached at Bowling Green State University, as its new head coach.
Bowling Green went 24-7 last year and Miller was 258-92 in 11 seasons as the Falcons coach.
Indiana will play a style that suits Brooks, said Central coach Robbie Cooksey.
“I think she’s going to have a chance to play immediately,” he said. “The offense they run is going to be tailored to her strengths, which are getting to the basket, passing to open teammates, drawing double teams and making space for other players to score and do a lot of other good things. She’s also an excellent defender.”
As a sophomore in 2010, she helped lead the Lady Indians to a 23-10 record and the program’s first region title.
As a junior, Brooks averaged 20 points, four rebounds, four assists and five steals, surpassing the 1,000-point mark on Jan. 18.
“I feel like it’s a big weight off my shoulders,” Brooks said when she verbally committed to Indiana in June. “It was a lot of stress, but to know now that I’m a Hoosier it just feels amazing. It’s like a dream come true. Ever since I started playing basketball in fifth grade I just wanted to play ball and it didn’t matter where. Hearing from Indiana and other schools, and now that I’ve committed to Indiana, it’s been a privilege more than anything.”
Cooksey said he feels Brooks is the best player he’s seen in the region since Lexington Catholic’s Natalie Novosel, who just completed her senior season at Notre Dame, where she averaged 15.2 points per game.
“She’s a once in a lifetime player,” Cooksey said of Brooks. “She may be the best to ever come through Central. Indiana got a huge recruiting find.”