Printed on: June 15, 2013

Big Bend grabs 4th E. Idaho recruit

By MICHAEL LYCKLAMA
mlycklama@postregister.com

Big Bend Community College scored another eastern Idaho commit Wednesday, signing 2010 Hillcrest graduate Brantley Brooks to a basketball scholarship.

Brooks signed a letter of intent to a scholarship that will cover 65 percent of his tuition, making him the fourth eastern Idaho boys basketball player to sign with the Moses Lake, Wash., community college this offseason.

Blackfoot's Alonzo Ramos and Teton's Wyatt Smith, both 2013 graduates, and 2007 Hillcrest grad Richard Black previously signed with Big Bend.

Brooks said he visited Southern Virginia University after returning from an LDS mission to Hawaii and had a tryout scheduled at Snow College. But after attending a tryout at Big Bend, he didn't need to see anymore.

"I know there are a lot of guys from our area that are going down to play there," Brooks said. "There is a pretty strong LDS community up there, and the coach is incredible. It has a lot of things going for it."

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound shooting guard averaged 10.3 points per game during the 2009-10 season as Hillcrest finished third at the 4A state tournament. He made 67 of 169 3-pointers (39.6 percent) that season and was named to the 5A/4A High Country Conference's second team.

Big Bend won the eight-team East Division in 33-team Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges for the third straight year last season, then took fourth at the conference tournament.

Eastern Idaho's four 2013 signees will join Big Bend's returning sophomore Kevin Walker, a graduate of Sugar-Salem, for the 2013-14 season. Big Bend's women's basketball program also snagged three eastern Idaho recruits this year -- Ririe's Tasha Huff, Shelley's Sam Orme and West Jefferson's Riley Jemmett.