Talkin’ Hoops with Aaron Brooks

By Wesley Chism Jr., BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: July 4, 2010

SEATTLE (BASN) — While most NBA players have been spending the past few days exploring free agency, point guard Aaron Brooks of the Houston Rockets was at Seattle Academy talking about math.

“I love math and it was one of my favorite subjects in school,” stated Aaron.

On June 29th, Aaron spoke to a group of captive students attending the Aaron Brooks Basketball Camp and stressed the importance of education. “Getting my degree is one of my greatest accomplishments and is something that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Not only did I get a great education and play a sport that I love but I attended the University of Oregon, the greatest school in the world,” he added. To reiterate the importance of education, next year Aaron will be giving away $1,000.00 scholarships to every camper that returns.

All that the individual needs to do is bring their reports cards from the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school year. To the campers that show some improvement in each of their subjects, Aaron will hand them a check for $1,000.00.

The Aaron Brooks Skills and Drills Basketball camp worked the players out each day on shooting, ball handling, passing and a variety of other drills, but he also stressed the importance of decision making.

“One decision can ruin your entire life and I’ve surrounded myself with positive people and made the most of every opportunity given to me.”

To be a successful point guard in the NBA you’ve got to make good decisions. “By doing this you become a leader and give your teammates the confidence to trust you,” said Aaron.

It was gems like this that he shared throughout the week.

As the 2010 NBA Most Improved Player recipient, Aaron knows the rewards that work can bring and encourage the kids to be the best at whatever they do in life. “To be successful at anything in life you’ve got to put in the extra work and concentrate on the little things.”

Many people told Aaron that he was too small to play basketball and early on he would’ve never made it on a team if it wasn’t for the fact that his mother was the coach.

He did try a few other sports and still enjoys bowling but nothing came close to the feeling that he had on the basketball court.

It’s that type of passion for the game that he shared with the campers but he could often be seen on the court giving that extra bit of encouragement or participating in some of the activities with the group.

Aaron was subbed in during the camp tournament game and always seemed to be on the winning team. Next season, Aaron promises to do everything he can to put the Rockets back in the hunt of things.

Center Yao Ming will be back in the fold as well as a few other additions to the team. “We’re going to be exciting to watch and we’ll have some games that will be on ESPN.

Until then, he’s working out everyday on the basic things and finding ways to become better.