Brooks thriving at Providence, yet fame will have to wait until NBA

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When the Big East tournament rolls around next month, be a good college hoops fan and root for Providence. That may be the only way to watch Marshon Brooks play in the Big Dance.

The Friars’ remarkable guard averages a Big East-best 24.2 points per game, grabs a team-high 7.5 boards and hits one out of every 3s he takes. That is what you call doin’ work.

Yet, as Matt Norlander writes, most fans probably don’t know who Brooks is. This despite a fantastic season in which he dropped 43 on Georgetown and is on nearly every NBA team’s radar. Heck, he didn’t even made the midseason cut for the Naismith Award.

And that aggravates Friars coach Keno Davis.

“He’s one of the finalists for the MVP in our conference, so how can’t he be one of the top 30 in the country when he’s third in the country in scoring?” Providence coach Keno Davis told Norlander. “What I think happens sometimes is, guys aren’t ranked before they go into the season. But you would think after his 43-point performance at Georgetown he’d be on everybody’s radar. Tough that you might have a non-top-30 guy be an NBA pick.”

Barring a Providence NCAA tournament win, Brooks will almost certainly go down as one of the best players the nation didn’t see this season. The NCAA tournament could cure that.

Or maybe everyone will just have to wait for his NBA career to blossom.

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