Basketball: Brooks replaces Holmes as Sheffield Sharks point guard

Jerrold Brooks,right, Sheffield Sharks point guard 2015/16
Jerrold Brooks,right, Sheffield Sharks point guard 2015/16
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Sheffield Sharks will have a new point guard for the forthcoming season with American Jerrold Brooks replacing fellow countryman BJ Holmes in the team’s backcourt.

Brooks, who was born and raised in Rochester, New York, attended Southern Mississippi University where he averaged 11 points and 3 assists per game in his college career.

The 6’0” guard spent last season on a USA touring team in China before he returned to the states to pursue his first full time professional contract.

Brooks joins the Sharks after Coach Atiba Lyons took the decision to restructure his team from the 2014/15 season and the departure of fans favourite Holmes.

Lyons said: “I have looked hard for the right person in this role. I need someone who will have the determination to fight for every game and be able to engage his team mates with control and I think Jerrold fits that character.

“His reputation is toughness and passion and I hope he will be a positive influence for everyone around him from the start.”

Brooks said: “I am really excited to be joining the Sharks, I hear a lot of good things about the club and I like their history and vision for the future.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of it. I know I have a lot of great teammates and I am looking forward to being part of a professional squad.

“I know I will make a solid contribution and help us win!”

Brooks will arrive in time to start preseason, so will be arriving in Sheffield in a few weeks time.

“I’m excited about moving to the UK. I already know a few people so that takes away some of the anticipation of moving to a new country, but I’m looking forward to getting over there and playing ball”.

The Sharks first home game will be against the Newcastle Eagles on Friday 18th September at the EIS Sheffield, tip off 7.30pm.

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