A Conversation With Sean Brooks

Sean Brooks is a 28 year old 196cm power forward from Bladensburg, Maryland. He played 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 four seasons and in 2008-2009 played 29 games averaging 15.6ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 65.0%, FT: 64.2%. In 2009-2010, he played 28 games averaging 9.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 53.8%, FT: 60.6%. Last season, he fought injuries and was limited to 18 games: 5.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 51.6%, FT: 51.9%. The American is currently in Germany and spoke to German Hoops and can be reached at scbrooks13@gmail.com

Sean, you are currently in Germany looking for a team. How is that going for you?

I have had interest from a couple teams but nothing has worked out yet.
It seems that in the last 2-3 years the market has been very difficult in Europe, but you always had a team. Has the NBA lockout been a huge reason for so many guys being without jobs?

I dont think the lockout has played a big part in a lot of guys not getting jobs so far. I think every year there are more and more quality players and the number of jobs are limited.

You played for German PRO A team Crailsheim Merlins the last 4 years. You were offered a contract extension for this season, but why did you decline?

During the season, it was discussed about me coming back to Crailsheim but I personally felt at the time I needed a change of scenery since I had been there almost 4 years.

You dominated the first two seasons in the PRO B, but your stats dipped a bit in the last two seasons in the PRO A. Are you better than just an average PRO A player.

Im definitely better than an average pro A player. The difference between my experiences in the Pro B and my experiences in the Pro A is that my Pro A teams always had 6 Americans. Even when playing at a high level, shots and playing time is cut almost in half when having a team full of quality Americans.

You were limited to 18 games last season and was injured averaging 5.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 51.6%, FT: 51.9%. Are you back to 100%

Yes im definitely back to 100 percent. I spent the first month of the off season getting rehab at my university. I have been 100 percent and training and playing since the middle of May.

What was the most difficult thing for you in your comeback during the injury?

The most difficult thing during the season was watching my team play without me. I knew even if I wasnt 100 percent, I could help the team and I ended up coming back too early from my injury twice. This made an injury that was supposed to be 6 to 8 weeks last more than 4 months and I never recovered fully during the season.

You are 28 now. What is your biggest strength on the court now that no team should resist?

I feel that Im in still in my prime and I continue to get better. Im in great shape and right now my biggest strength is my presence in the low post and my athletic ability.

You are currently in Heidelberg and will be in Germany a few more weeks. How does a typical Sean Brooks work out day look like?
Right now while Im in Heidelberg, I go running in the mornings and do shooting and weight lifting in the afternoons.

If you could describe yourself in a few sentences about why a PRO A or PRO B club would need your services now, how would you describe them?

I think right now I can provide a physical low post presence that not too many teams have. Im in great shape, a team player, and Im willing to do whatever to help my team win. I feel Im a better player now than 2 years ago, I just havent had the opportunity to fully show it at the Pro A level.

If you dont get a job now, will you continue to look, work out and keep pursuing  Sean Brooks basketball dream?

I definitely will continue to look. I dont want to end my career injured and one leg like how I was last year. Im about to start classes for my master’s online and I will continue to work hard until I find the right team.

Why is it worth it to keep coming back to play in Germany?

I came back to Germany because its the place I have played the past 4 years and after having the season I had last year, I feel its the place that maybe a team will take chance because they know I can play at a high level when Im healthy.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

X-Men: First Class

Thanks Sean for the chat.

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