News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 2, 2014

Chicago guard commits to ISU women's basketball

Craig Pearson
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The Indiana State women’s basketball team picked up a verbal commitment from Chicago guard Kiera Brooks on Tuesday.

The 5-foot-7 junior for North Lawndale College Prep visited ISU’s campus for the first time, met the team Tuesday and told ISU coach Teri Moren she wanted to be a Sycamore.

Brooks averaged 18.7 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals for coach Corey Morgan’s 15-11 squad.

“I see myself as a point guard for [ISU], helping them do what they’ve got to do to win,” Brooks said. “I like everything I saw and heard about Indiana State.”

Coach Morgan said Brooks has put in the work to improve during her high school career.

“She has a really strong player. Very athletic. She handles the ball well. Gets to the basket very aggressively,” Morgan said. “Her jump shot has become consistent from long range.

She’s really developed the last year and a half from a jump shooting standpoint. She’s always been well versed as far as getting to the basket.”

Brooks had offers from Northern Illinois and “heavy interest” from Southern Illinois, Toledo, New Mexico and UW-Milwaukee, according to AAU coach Jerald Davis.

“She is equally comfortable playing a finesse or power game.  She loves the game

and works to improve daily,” Davis said.

Brooks has been a combination guard with a knack for scoring. She posted a career-high 39 points during a game last season against Brooks College Prep.

North Lawndale was eliminated in a sectional semifinal game by eventual Class 4A state champion Whitney Young.

"Kiera Brooks is an extremely explosive athlete with a college ready frame,” Morgan said. “She has a really good understanding of the game and she is a flat out player.  She has a tough back to the basket game. Indiana State University is getting a gem in Kiera Brooks.”

Brooks, who has a freshman sister who averaged 10 points-per-game, is a two-time All-City selection and a two-time All-State honorable-mention selection by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.