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West Aurora’s Jordan Brooks owns senior night

West Aurora Jordan Brooks We stopped for a special moment with eight seniors on Friday night.

The 1.80 tall guard experienced a wide range of emotions during this process.

“I was trying to do everything possible to stay balanced out there,” Brooks said after taking in the pomp and conditions. “It’s been hard not to think about everything the last few years.

“When you step out on this court and the gym is packed, it’s a great feeling.”

Brooks stayed super hot on what was essentially a bittersweet night, scoring 21 points for a near-miracle rally, but his hot hand couldn’t prevent a 48-44 Southwest Prairie West loss to Plainfield North.

senior guard C.J. Savage Host West Aurora added nine points (18-10, 10-4) and made just 5 of 13 from the free throw line.

Brooks, a 6-foot-1 left-hander, showed off all the attributes of his offensive game by scoring a career-high 35 points against Plainfield South on Monday.

“My teammates find me,” he said. “I shoot too.”

Brooks broke his career high with 22 points against Plainfield Central on Wednesday.

“He’s been very solid, especially the last nine or 10 games,” the West Aurora coach said. Michael Fowler aforementioned. “I’m really happy to be able to coach him. He plays basketball at a high level.

“You saw how he made some tough shots for us.”

West Aurora’s Jordan Brooks (11) tries to rally his teammates against Plainfield North during the Southwest Prairie West game on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, in Aurora. (Jon Cunningham/The Beacon-News)

jason williamsAnother senior guard fueled West Aurora with his hustle and energy off the bench.

“Jordan is a great player, especially offensively,” Williams said. “His game is very unpredictable. He’s left-handed, he’s really cool, and people don’t know what to expect or how to defend him.”

As a result, Brooks displays a talent that translates to all levels of the game.

“I can shoot the basketball,” he said.

During a special pregame ceremony featuring seniors, Brooks said his favorite food was chicken nuggets and his favorite movie was “The Dark Knight.”

With the Blackhawks playing four games this week due to games being rescheduled due to weather conditions, Brooks has become a special brand of avenger for his team. He is the one who sets the tone.

“We really want to finish the season strong and be ready for the state playoffs,” he said. “Everyone was a little upset that we finished ninth in the division.

“We will come out and show what we can do.”

West Aurora's Jordan Brooks (11) drives to the basket in the crowd during a game against Plainfield North on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, in Aurora.(Jon Cunningham for The Beacon-News)
West Aurora’s Jordan Brooks (11) drives to the basket in the stands against Plainfield North during the Southwest Prairie West game on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, in Aurora. (Jon Cunningham/The Beacon-News)

Brooks showed his ability to dribble, change hands or step out and shoot outside on Friday. As he played his final home game, he naturally reflected on his personal journey.

He played his first two seasons at Oswego and transferred to West Aurora the summer before his junior season.

“I was always pretty comfortable going in,” Brooks said. “I knew most of the guys here, so everything went really well. “From then on, everything was like one big family.”

Now Brooks is trying to negotiate two different time periods: the rush to close out his senior season and deciding on the next chapter of college recruiting.

Brooks, who wants to study sports management in college, has scholarship offers from Aurora University and North Park, but the urgency to finish on his own terms remains.

“We really appreciate all the work he does for us on the field,” Fowler said of Brooks.

The heartbreaking loss of Plainfield North further intensifies the feeling of looking forward and looking back at the same time.

“I’ve made some really great connections during my time here,” Brooks said. “No matter what happens, the transition from this group will be difficult. It’s been a very emotional few years.”

Patrick Z. McGavin is a freelance reporter for The Beacon-News.

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