Howard senior Jacob Brooks looks like a 20/10 guy in 2019/2020

At left is 6-foot-5 Howard senior Jacob Brooks who is spending this summer played with Jacob Sittig’s (West Central), East River, 17-U Sacred Hoops squad.

By Rich Winter

One of the teams I’ll be looking for at next weekend’s Sioux Falls tournament will be Jacob Sittig’s East River, 17-U Sacred Hoops teams. The fellas played well at the recently completed Sacred Hoops Summer Jam. They reached the finals but lost by double-digits to Coach Bruening’s 17-U squad.

Howard’s Jacob Brooks has one of the top motors in South Dakota

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Was very interesting to get a first-hand look at Jacob Brooks.

At 6-foot-5, and with Justin Becker (KWL) and Adam Grasshoff (EPJ) on the Sittig roster, Brooks usually draws a smaller opponent in AAU games, and that folks is problematic for that smaller defender.

Brooks is tenacious: Gets on the floor for loose balls, hustles on both ends of the floor and inside of 5-feet, he’s strong enough to muscle a shot over ANY defender.

Already a nice mid-range game, with 3-point range, Brooks is more than capable of putting the ball on the deck and driving past people.

Are the Howard Tigers a legitimate threat to win the Class B title next year

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I suppose folks from east river and particularly Region 4B might snicker a bit at the idea that the 6-14 Tigers (2018/2019) team are a legitimate B contender…

Maybe?

Couple things that really catch my attention when thinking about Nick Koepsell’s Howard Tigers.

  1. Just one senior, Noah Anderson graduated from Howard.

  2. Six-foot-4 junior G Sam Aslesan transferred to Howard from EPJ. Aslesan plays on Allan Bertram’s East River 16-U team that just won the tournament in Omaha.

  3. Colton Spader and Jacob Brooks will be the only seniors on this years team.

  4. Six sophomores, now juniors got tons of playing time last season.

  5. Koepsell also had two ninth graders and an 8th-grader on last year’s varsity.

Keep an eye on this team….Judging from how well Brooks played against AAU competition, he could have a field day in the B ranks. Looks like a 20/10 guy and that will spell problems for other Region 4B teams like Hanson and Dell Rapid’s St. Mary’s.