April 5, 2007

Aaron Brooks: No Rivals

Tajuan Porter's meteoric rise and long range bombing got lots of headlines when he made his splashy debut as an Oregon Duck Porter's contributions certainly were an important component in Oregon's basketball success this past season, but no player contributed as much as Porter's mentor and back court partner, senior Aaron Brooks.

Brooks led the Ducks in scoring and assists and has received a host of awards recognizing his outstanding performance over the course of the season.

Brooks came to Oregon as a much ballyhooed recruit who was touted to replace Luke Ridnour as the Duck point guard of the future. When he was recruited, the expectation was that Brooks would spend a year as Ridnour's understudy so he could become acclimated to Oregon and college basketball.

That was a luxury that wasn't destined to be. When Ridnour decided to enter the draft early, Brooks was thrust into an immediate starting role. While he made the all-PAC 10 freshman team, Brooks' freshman year was colored by a self-inflicted wrist injury that forced him to sit out 10 games.

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