The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 24, 2013

Jon Gerardi's column on boys basketball: More than a game for Mustangs' rookie


One of them? Playing basketball. That regret turned into motivation for Kahill, who told his brother that he was going to play basketball, and his mom was behind his decision 100 percent.

"My mom, she's always been there for me. Anything I wanted to do she was always behind me," Brooker said.

The Mustangs' 6-footer hadn't ever played organized basketball before though. Heck, he rarely played period.

He never played in high school prior to this year, not even on a JV squad. He never played basketball in middle school either. His lone experience before he suited up this year for the Mustangs was when he was in sixth grade and played in a church basketball league in Williamsport for Antioch Baptist Church.

Even then though, Brooker didn't play the whole year and he hung up his basketball shoes before the season was even over.

But the senior always loved the game and was dedicated to it. So it's a bit interesting to see Brooker not only out on the court as a senior playing organized basketball for the first time this season for Midd-West, but playing like he's been doing it his whole life. Brooker is currently leading Midd-West in scoring with 117 points through 14 games, has a team-high 8.4 points per game, and also leads the Mustangs with 13 3-pointers.

But none of those stats really matter to Brooker. The only thing he cares about is seeing a 'W' in the book for his team.

"I never did this before so I said 'I'm going all out.' I go hard in practice, so I'm not really surprised that I do good. All I want to do is win; I just want to win," Brooker said. "I don't really care if I don't get no points (or) if I get 100 assists a game. I don't care. I just want to win games. That's all that really matters to me."

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