By R.L. Bynum
Garrison Brooks finished a productive three games at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament with 25 points and nine rebounds in leading his team to a victory in the fifth-place game on Saturday in Portsmouth, Va.
Brooks made 11 of 15 shots, collected two assists and a block and was named player of the game as his K&D Round’s Landscaping team’s 96–86 victory over Portsmouth Partnership. Also on his team was former Miami guard Charlie Moore, who had 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
The PIT, the oldest amateur basketball tournament in the country, is restricted to seniors and is the first of two NBA pre-draft camps. The last Tar Heel to play in the PIT and get drafted was Shammond Williams in 1998.
Brooks was named to the all-tournament team.
Brooks averaged 19 points and 8.3 rebounds in three games in Portsmouth.
On Wednesday, Brooks had 18 points and nine rebounds in his team’s 107–103 loss to Roger Brown’s.
On Thursday, Brooks collected 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists in his team’s 89–73 victory over Jani-King, which got five points and 12 rebounds from former Syracuse player Jimmy Boeheim.
Playing in his fifth college season last season for Mississippi State, Brooks averaged 10.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game as the Bulldogs went 18–16, losing to 60–57 at Virginia in the first round of the NIT.
In his four-year career at Carolina, Brooks averaged 9.6 points and 6.0 rebounds, highlighted by his junior season in 2019–20 when he averaged 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds and was named second-team All-ACC.
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