Meet the Newbies: Malcolm Brooks


Feb. 7, 2013; Spokane, WA, USA; Pepperdine Waves head coach Marty Wilson reacts during a game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the first half at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Pepperdine men’s basketball team took an enormous hit when guard Jordan Baker transferred to San Jose State. To alleviate this, coach Marty Wilson brought in JuCo shooting guard Malcolm Brooks. Brooks, a 6-5 guard from Lamar Community College signed with Pepperdine on April, 30th, 2013, and could make an immediate impact in the Waves backcourt this season. Here is our feature on Pepperdine guard Malcolm Brooks.

At Benjamin Cardozo High School

Brooks attended Benjamin Cardozo high school in Brooklyn, New York, where he played in the city championship game at Madison Square Garden.

At Lamar

Instead of delving straight into the division I basketball scene, Brooks decided to spend two seasons at Lamar Community College (Colo.). In the two years that Brooks was at Lamar, he led the team in scoring both seasons (17.1 points and 18.2 points respectively). In addition to that, Brooks averaged 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists as a freshman, and 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists his sophomore season. As a sophomore, he earned all-region IX honors for his accomplishments.

Impact at Pepperdine

Pepperdine needs to replace the production of Jordan Baker, and Brooks could be the perfect candidate for this. Brooks is 6-5, and will be taller than most of the shooting guards in the WCC. The former community college guard can use this to his advantage by using his tall frame to create mismatches with shorter opponents.