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Brooks signs with Belhaven University

Brooks signs with Belhaven University

Holmes Community College sophomore forward Lauren Brooks signed her letter of intent to play basketball next season at Belhaven University on Friday in Goodman.

Brooks played her high school career at Murrah High School in Jackson. She played two seasons at Holmes and was recognized during the postseason athletic banquet for 3.0 and above GPA and was named a MACJC All-Star.

As a sophomore, Brooks averaged 10.6 minutes per game and averaged 3.7 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. As a freshman, she averaged eight minutes per game and averaged 1.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.

"I chose Belhaven because not only do they have a great athletic program for basketball but also because the academics is very well-rounded," Brooks said. "That is where I will be able to develop my game, and I'll be able to get a great education.

"I expect go in there ready to play whenever they need me to play," she said. "Whatever they need me to do that's what I'm expected to do."

Brooks said her strengths are her mid-range jumper and post moves down in the paint.

"My time here at Holmes was very different," Brooks said. "On the court it was the off and on struggles with the downs of losing and the ups of winning. I can say even though when we did lose we were always a family. Off the court it was always fun to hang around my teammates, getting to know the teachers and getting my grades. It was a good environment here at Holmes. They are very family-oriented."

"I'm very excited for Lauren," Holmes Community College Lady Bulldog Head Coach Jamilah Andrews said. "She's a very deserving kid. I'm excited that she's getting an opportunity to play on. Lauren was a great impact player for us, great post player, and we are going to miss her presence inside.

"Belhaven is getting a treat," she added. "She is an all-around student in the classroom, and I wish her the best in the future."

Andrews mentioned Brooks' shooting ability and her play down low. "Lauren's strength is that she has a mid-range jumper," Andrews said. "She can also pound on the inside. That's what we'll miss from her is her inside game. She can put the ball in the basket. We knew if we needed a bucket we could go to her. She would either get us two points or draw the foul and get to the free throw line."