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GSW men’s hoops adds D-I transfer Brooks

AMERICUS — Georgia Southwestern State University head men’s basketball coach Mike Leeder announced Friday the addition of Johathan Brooks to the Hurricanes’ roster for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

“We are happy that Johathan chose to play his final season of basketball here at GSW,” Leeder said. “He is a versatile player with success at the Division I level, and we are looking forward to meshing his abilities with our returning roster of players.”

Brooks, who last played in 2010-11 at Charleston Southern University, is a 6-foot-7, 215- pound forward from Macon. In his lone season at CSU, he averaged 7.1 points and 6.7 rebounds while playing an average of 23.2 minutes per game. He ranked seventh in the Big South Conference in rebounding as the Buccaneers finished the year with an overall record of 16-16 and were eliminated by UNC-Asheville in the quarterfinals of the Big South tournament.

Brooks posted four double-doubles in 31 games for the Buccaneers, including a 14-point, 11-rebound performance in his first game with CSU against ACC member Georgia Tech. He had a career-high 16 points while grabbing 12 rebounds in a loss at conference foe Winthrop University on Feb. 10, 2011. He logged a career-high 38 minutes two games later, a home win against UNC Asheville in which he scored eight points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots.

“With Johathan’s versatility, we think he will be a nice complement to our other players,” said Leeder. “He can play inside or out, and has shown the ability to rebound at a high level.”

During Brooks’ season at Charleston Southern current Georgia Southwestern assistant Sean Sweeney served on the Buccaneer staff as the Director of Basketball Operations.

“Certainly, Sean’s past relationship with Johathan helped give us an edge in the recruiting process with him, and we are excited to get him on campus,” Leeder said.

Brooks and his new Hurricane teammates open the 2013-14 campaign at North Greenville University on Nov. 8.