Posted On: 01/15/18 1:46 PM
Often at the high school level, guards who shoulder the tag of “shooter” are thought of as role players and supplementary pieces.
For Lake Worth’s Avery Brooks, one of the best catch-and-stick threats in the county, this is clearly not the case.
Brooks has been a key offensive source for his ability to get hot from beyond the arc and score in clusters, albeit he’s a double double threat for his constant presence on the boards.
On a guard-laden Lake Worth team that doesn’t boast a great deal of size in the trenches, Brooks plays a prominent role as one of the program’s elite rebounders.
After darting his way to the starting lineup as a surprisingly effective sophomore, Brooks has led 17-1 Lake Worth with more than just his lethal shooting this season.
Brooks got jump-started on his breakout junior season when he scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds en route to the Trojans’ 55-44 victory over Somerset Canyons.
In his ensuing performance back on Nov. 30th, Brooks scored 26 points and grabbed 12 boards as Lake Worth ran roughshod over American Heritage in an 82-40 slaying. Brooks morphed into the mad bomber against Atlantic back on Dec. 5, scoring a game-best 32 points to propel the Trojans into a wild overtime victory.
An aspect which has run hand in hand with Brooks’ emergence as a scorer has been the stellar play of Japhet Medor.
The dish-first point guard, who played at Wellington last year, is averaging seven assists and is consistently setting up Brooks for corner 3-pointers.
Averaging 18 points per game, Medor also cedes the high-pressure shots to Brooks when team’s apply junk defenses on the shifty point guard.
Interchangeability and versatility have been integral ingredients to Lake Worth’s ascension of the Palm Beach County hoops mountaintop this season.
While Medor has been a pure point guard who can score at will and Brooks has been a deadly shooter with a knack for outworking bigger players on the glass, the Trojans have another multi-layered piece in Marques Spann.
A gritty defender and hard-driving guard, Spann can be utilized in a number of ways.