Sean Brooks is a 27 year old 196cm power forward from Bladensburg, Maryland. H eplayed at Drexel from 2001 to 2005. He was CAA Regular Season Runner-Up in 2004 and All-CAA 2nd Team in 2004. In his senior year, he played 20 games averaging 12.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 49.1%. He turned professional in 2005 and came to Europe to play to play in Holland for Polynom Giants Bergen Op Zoom (Holland-Eredivisie), left in Nov.’05: 1game, in Dec.’05 signed at Woon!Aris Leeuwarden (Holland-Eredivisie): 17 games: 9.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg. In 2006-2007, he came to Germany and played for ASC Theresianum Mainz (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five, starting five): 29 games: 16.6ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 62.7%, 3FGP: 16.7%, FT: 60.0%. In 2007-2008, he played in Holland again for Omniworld Almere (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five); left in Oct.’07, in Nov.’07 moved to TV Werne (Germany-2.Regionalliga, starting five), in Dec.’07 signed at Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProB, starting five): 18 games: 15.6ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 65.2%, FT: 61.2%. He has played for The Proveo Merlins Crailsheim the last two seasons and in 2008-2009 played 29 games averaging 15.6ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 65.0%, FT: 64.2%. Last season, he played 28 games averaging 9.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 53.8%, FT: 60.6%. Sean will be starting his fourth season in Crailsheim and he took the rapid 10 Miles questions basketball exchange for German Hoops talking basketball.
Sean you had a nice long summer. How was it and how was your workout plan to get ready for the upcoming season.
I had a great summer. For the first time since I have been playing basketball in Europe, I went directly home and spent much needed time with my family. My workout plan for the summer was for me to wake up around 7am, do a hour and a half of cardio and lift weights and in the afternoon get shots up and play 5 on 5. Conditioning and mid-range jump shots were my focus for the summer.
You are playing your 4th season with the Crailsheim Merlins. What makes it so special playing there which makes you come back?
Each year there has always been an unique situation that brings me back. First, we have the most passionate fans in all of Pro A. My first year, I came in the middle of the season from Holland so returning the next year to play for a team committed to winning the Pro B championship was a no-brainer. Last year my options where basically all at the Pro A level so I returned to Crailsheim to play in a situation I enjoyed and was comfortable with and I had a two year deal so this is the final year of my contract. Even though Crailsheim is a small city, playing in the Sportarena is always fun.
Last season Crailsheim finished in 6th place with a record of 16-14. What is a realistic goal this season for the team?
The goal for this year is to build and improve on what we accomplished last year. With the right chemistry and without any major injuries, winning 18 or 19 games is strong possibility. Last year we were 16-14 but we had one of, if not, the best home record in the league. The problem was we couldn’t win on the road.
What is your early impression of the team after one week of training camp?
After one week, my main impression is that we are in shape! Sometime it feel like we are training for the Kenyan cross country team but its definitely going to make us better when the season gets here. I think this year’s team will be more athletic on the perimeter and defensively we should be better. Hopefully it will make us a better team.
How difficult will it be to replace leader John Bynum? Will Mike Gordon be able to take over the reigns? What is your early impression of Mike Gordon?
Replacing J.B is going to have to be done by more than one person because he such a good all-around player. Mike and J.B are two different type of point guards but I definitely believe Mike will be able to mode the team to his style of play the same way J.B did last year. Mike is smaller than J.B but he is athletic and a very good passer. I think he will do good things this year.
in the 2008-2009 season you averaged 15.6ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 65.0%, FT: 64.2% and last season your stats dipped to 9.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 53.8%, FT: 60.6%. What is your personal goal this season besides winning?
My personal goal is to be more aggressive and to be more of a post presence than I was in previous years. My stats from last year were down not because of ability but Mike Zuiderveen and I basically had to split 40 minutes between us because of the German rule in Pro A. Mike and I basically cancelled each other out the whole year and it affected both our stats and comfort level while playing but things can’t always be perfect and I feel we made the best out of our situation. I think Mike is a good player and a lot better than his stats were last year. Any team that signs him is going to be a good big man.
Excluding last season, you averaged 15ppg and 8rpg in three other seasons in the second Bundesliga. I imagine the BEKO BBL is still a goal. What do you still have to improve in your game to reach that level?
To play at the highest level possible is definitely my goal. I think to reach that level I have to just make sure I use every practice to make myself better, be aggressive, have more confidence in my mid-range shot.
Besides being a good rebounder for 196cm, what is another big strength of your game that nobody really knows?
A big strength in my game is passing. I played on talented and balanced teams at Drexel and passing always helped open the floor for my teammates. It also gives confidence to my teammates to give me the ball and know I will make a smart decision with it.
How well will the Miami Heat do with Lebron James? Will they get past the Boston Celtics and win the east? Would they get past the Los Angeles Lakers?
The Heat will win 67 games this year but they will have to deal with injuries. I think they will win the East, and I hate to say it, but they wont beat the Lakers. The Lakers are the one team that can match up with Miami and if Bynum stays healthy, create match up problems for the Heat. Miami will winn the next two after this upcoming season.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Last DVD I saw was King of New York
Thanks Sean for the chat!