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September 6, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Rock graduate signs Argentina basketball contract

Gerald Brooks, an August Slippery Rock University professional studies graduate and men’s basketball standout from Pittsburgh, has signed a professional contract to play for Club Atlético Barrio Parque in the Argentinian Professional League, Rock head coach Kevin Reynolds announced this week.

Brooks will report to the club’s home facility in Cordoba, Argentina, Monday to prepare for the upcoming season.

“We are very excited for Gerald and happy to see his unselfishness and hard work rewarded,” Reynolds said. “He certainly made a huge impact in our program.”

“We are equally proud he earned his degree from SRU last summer," Reynolds said.

Last winter, in his only season with The Rock, Brooks averaged 12.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in 25 minutes of playing time per game last winter. The first player off Reynolds’ bench, Brooks helped lead SRU to a 23-9 overall record, a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference runner-up finish and its second NCAA Division II postseason berth in the last three seasons.

Prior to joining The Rock, Brooks was a three-time All-PSAC-Western Division performer at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was the division’s Rookie of the Year and earned second-team all-conference honors as a freshman and was named to first-team honors in both his sophomore and junior seasons.

Brooks finished his four-year collegiate career with 1,416 points and 766 rebounds.

He is the fourth member of The Rock’s 2012-13 team to sign a professional contract. Devin Taylor and Darious Clark both inked deals with leagues in Luxembourg, while Luiz Santos signed a pact with a Brazilian team. Brooks is the 10th Rock player to sign a professional contract in Reynolds’ five seasons as SRU’s head coach.

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