Nov. 14, 2012
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina head men's basketball coach Larry Hunter today announced the signing of Charlendez Brooks to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) during the early signing period which opened on Wednesday. Brooks will enroll at WCU in the Fall of 2013 and begin play for the Catamounts in the 2013-14 season.
Listed at 6-9, 220-lbs., Brooks is a post player from Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., where he plays for head coach Layne Fowler. A season ago, the center averaged 7.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, adding 3.1 blocks per outing as a junior. He was selected to the All-Region II 4-A basketball team in March of 2012, helping Byrnes HS to a playoff victory over defending 4-A state champion, Gaffney, in overtime in the first round of the South Carolina state playoffs.
Brooks was listed as the third-best recruit out of the state of South Carolina according to 247Sports.com, boasting a three-star rating by the same site. He additionally played AAU basketball for the SC Raptors Elite.
"With our entire squad returning for next season and only having one scholarship to offer for the 2013 class, we targeted a talented big man as our priority," said Hunter. "We are very pleased and excited that Char will be joining our basketball family. At 6-9 plus and well-over 200 pounds, he has good size, length and natural strength."
He added, "He has played in a very competitive large high school league in South Carolina and has had excellent coaching. He is comfortable banging inside, but also has the athleticism and versatility needed in our program to run the floor and to step to the perimeter and shoot or to put the ball on the floor. He is a high character person, good student, hard worker, and passionate about developing as a basketball player and pursuing his art design academic interests."
Charlendez is the son of Brenda and Tommie Brooks and has three sisters - Brooklyn, Myana and Mikeha.
Western Carolina (1-1) opens a stretch of seven-straight road games on Thursday night as it opens play in the 2012 Cancun Challenge. The Catamounts play the first of two on-campus games at Wichita State (Thursday) and Western Kentucky (Saturday) before traveling to Mexico for two games next week. Fans can follow both games this week through CatamountSports.com with both Shockers' Radio and WKU Radio coverage, also with updates through the WCU Twitter feed.
Catamount Sports Network coverage is scheduled to resume next Tuesday and Wednesday from Cancun and can be heard locally on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee; 540 AM WRGC in Sylva; and 920 AM WPTL in Canton, as well as online through CatamountSports.com.