Tennessee Volunteers offer late scholarship to Miller Grove’s Henry Brooks

Friday was a good day for Miller Grove High’s Henry Brooks, one of the state’s top unsigned college basketball prospects.

Earlier in the day, Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl called to officially offer a scholarship to the 6-foot-7 forward who has a 3.9 GPA. “Tennessee loves Henry’s tenacity,” Miller Grove coach Sharman White said. “He’s a high-energy player who is defensive-minded. Tennessee thinks he’s a good fit for what they do.”

Brooks was excited about the offer. “I don’t know what I’m going to do yet, but it was good news. Tennessee has a great basketball program and it’s close to home so my friends and family can see me play. I’m definitely very interested.”

Brooks also has a scholarship offer from ex-UGA coach Tubby Smith, who now coaches at Minnesota. UConn also called on Friday to inquire about Brooks. Missouri and Washington are also evaluating Brooks for a possible offer.

Later in the day, Brooks and Miller Grove defeated Villa Rica 79-54 in the Class AAAA quarterfinals. Miller Grove is the two-time defending state champions.

Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl has entered the last-minute chase for Miller Grove's No. 22, Henry Brooks (AJC photo)

Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl has entered the last-minute chase for Miller Grove's No. 22, Henry Brooks (AJC photo)


Note: We commend Brooks for his excellence in both academics and athletics. Here’s some more info on Brooks from a recent AJC article:

Miller Grove’s Henry Brooks emphasizes his school grades as much as he does defending opposing basketball players.

Brooks maintains a 3.9 GPA in college prep classes and is being recruited by Ivy League schools Harvard, Penn and Cornell.

On the basketball court, Brooks is an ace defender for No. 1-ranked Miller Grove, which is the two-time reigning Class AAAA state champion and favored to win the championship again.

Brooks, who moved with his mother and three older siblings to metro Atlanta from the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, is a role model at the DeKalb County school for his athletic and academic excellence.

“It’s a tribute to Henry and his desire to be the best at everything,” Miller Grove coach Sharman White said. “It’s just the natural way he operates. He wants to be the highest achiever in everything.”

“When we’re at practice, he wants to win in every competitive drill. In the classroom, it’s the same way. If he gets an 89 on a grade, Henry will fight tooth and nail to figure out what he has to do to get one more point for an ‘A.’”

At 6-foot-7 and 215 pounds, Brooks is hard to overlook in basketball, but that has been the situation with college recruiters until only recently. Brooks plays in the shadows of two of the state’s elite 2012 prospects, teammates Tony Parker and Brandon Morris.

“Henry is long, athletic and plays very smart — he’s definitely a high-level Division I player,” Chamblee coach Caesar Burgess said. “If he was playing for another team, he would be a 20-point-per-game scorer and pulling down double digits in rebounds every night.

“But he plays for Miller Grove with those other guys, and he knows his role very well. He’s very unselfish. He does all the little things it takes to win.”

Brooks averages 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds for Miller Grove, including a 21-point effort in the championship game of the Beach Ball Classic in December. In a narrow 49-46 win over Southwest DeKalb earlier this month, Brooks scored 10 clutch points in the game’s last few minutes.

However, Brooks’ defensive accomplishments have brought the most satisfaction. “I would much rather defend the last shot rather than take it,” he said. “I’m an assured defender. I believe no one can score on me on defense.”

Brooks held Milton’s Dai-Jon Parker to seven points in a 71-61 upset victory Dec. 4. It was the only loss to a Georgia team during the regular season for Milton.

Recruiting has picked up for Brooks, one of the state’s top unsigned seniors. Minnesota coach Tubby Smith recently offered a scholarship, while N.C. State, Missouri and Georgia State have shown interest.

“He’s a ‘Tubby’ type of player,” White said. “Henry is a high-energy guy who is defensive-minded and can score. He has a high basketball IQ and makes good decisions on the floor.”

41 comments Add your comment


March 4th, 2011
10:00 pm

What is the deal with him and UGA? UGA needs to improve defensively!

Michael Carvell

March 4th, 2011
10:17 pm

No interest from Georgia Tech or UGA. However, you would think they would consider letting him “walk on” with an academic scholarship — to get in better position to land Miller Grove 2012 teammates Tony Parker and Brandon Morris.


March 4th, 2011
10:33 pm

I agree Michael! I know he is about the same size as some of the current Bulldogs and signees, but I’m not sure any of them can defend the way he is showing in high school.


March 4th, 2011
10:35 pm

Will Tech keep Hewitt next year. I think he maybe a great recruiter, but lost out on alot of one and done players. If those players would have stayed another year, they would be better.

Hoops Dawg

March 4th, 2011
11:04 pm

Michael, the walk-on plan sounds like a good one to me, although if I was Mr. Brooks, I’d want some kind of assurance that I’d pick up an athletic scholarship later if, for some reason, I lost my Hope (or other ) academic scholarship. We certainly could use an outstanding defender and more guys with high basketball IQs.


March 4th, 2011
11:25 pm

The Vols might be on probation soon from what the rumors are. Seriously, does anyone think the combo of Pearl and Kiffin did not violate a number of rules? With grades like that, UConn would be a better fit, or he should walk on at UGA or Tech. Tuby Smith is a great man and coach, and he would help this kid develop. Bruce Pearl will help this kid learn how to hold people up at convenience stores, and that’s about all.


March 4th, 2011
11:42 pm

@ Hoop Dawg F.Y.I UGA beg AA with a 3.9 to come there… a walk-on with academic scholarship would be the best move. He could get full ride from UGA and get a kick back from HOPE! Beside, then in turn he could get a job and NCAA hands would be tied. If the kid has 3.9 avg… I doubt if he will lose a academic scholarship.


March 5th, 2011
12:58 am

Why in the world would anyone walk on when other programs are showing the love by offering a scholarship??? CRAZY! Would you if you were in his place? He should go to a school that he is crazy about and is crazy about him.


March 5th, 2011
9:32 am

He should go to Tennessee IMHO. Brooks is a very good player
who deserves to play on bigtime SEC stages and get on TV
all the time. Best of luck on your decision Henry!


March 5th, 2011
9:53 am

I feel Pearl has learned something form all this, which will make him a better coach in the future. Brooks will be close to home and should well with the Vols. The Vols do play some big time teams in pre season and gain much TV time.

Cecil Newton

March 5th, 2011
10:31 am

I agree Pearl has learned a lot from cheating. I know personally I learned a lot and the $ is bigger in the pros.
You ain’t trying if you ain’t cheating “Vol Nation Motto”
Go Vols!


March 5th, 2011
10:32 am

Plus the Vols are looking good with Memphis C Jarnell Stokes whose brother and best friend attend UT and PF Shaq Goodwin from Decatur really likes the Vols. Kevin Ware is recruiting many of GA’s top players to join him at Tennessee.


March 5th, 2011
10:35 am

The kid should run the opposite direction from the state of tennershe. That program is toast. I know it Pearl knows it and the vile fambly knows it. GEORGIA KIDS, STAY AWAY FROM TENNERSHE! THEY ARE GOING DOWN IN FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL!


March 5th, 2011
10:38 am

He wont get any publicity at UT. They are going to be on probation. No doubt about it.

Michael Carvell

March 5th, 2011
10:46 am

@Id, I agree. Take the basketball scholarship offer vs. academic scholarship as “walk on.” All I was saying is that Georgia Tech and UGA doesn’t have anything to lose by throwing that on table.


March 5th, 2011
10:50 am

LOL at UGA fan. The only place UT is headed is back to the NCAA tourney for the 6th straight season. Georgia looks NIT bound which has become
“the norm” for them….

Mark Fox

March 5th, 2011
10:59 am

I can tell you are a UT fan because you don’t understand conference standings. Who is ranked higher in the East – UT or UGA?
Not only does UGA have a better conference record but a better overall record.

You really should move and begin going to school in Georgia rather than Tennessee so you can understand how to read standings and records in sports.


March 5th, 2011
11:11 am

@ Idiots Has anyone in your family ever had sports scholarship…. they’re year to year not
guarantee. Academic scholarship are guarantee long as you meet guideline… with 3.9 I’m sure he will. Academic also pays for the full year, if he stay in state he would get the hope…
that a 3k check UGA would cut to him. What wrong with walking on when you know
you going start ! You’ve to put your ego in check and, look at the greater good of money in the bank.

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March 5th, 2011
11:23 am

hahaha, a viles fan chiming in on something sports related. Most of the vile nation are cheerleaders, and haven’t stepped foot on a court or field of some sort. That is why the viles have to pay out of state players to go there, which is why they are in this mess now.

Georgia has a better record than the viles, and are projected to be selected to the tourny while uteezy will be left out. hahahhaa!!!!


March 5th, 2011
11:56 am

UT has one of the highest SOS and RPI rankings = a 8 or 9 seed.

UGA has soft schedule and few big wins. If UGA wants in the dance they better pick up some more wins. Last I saw they are a bubble team near a 12 seed. Conference wins won’t help that much!


March 5th, 2011
11:59 am

it is unbelievable that Tech has not given the kid an offer! Hewitt strikes again!

Bill Stanfill

March 5th, 2011
12:28 pm

Dunks–Check the facts–As of today UT’s RPI is one point better than UGA’s.

UGA is in the NCAA tourney, and their seeding will be comparable to Tennessee’s. Most sites have UGA as an 8, 9, or 10 seed.

Oh Henry!

March 5th, 2011
12:53 pm

Scotty Hopson is going pro.

I think it might be a good move for Henry to take his talents to Knoxville and take his place.

Glancing over the roster, there are other players from the State
of Georgia playing at Tennessee as well. I was surprised by that.

Counselor Ryan

March 5th, 2011
2:05 pm

Sounds like the kid would be a good fit at UT. I am a UGA graduate and pull for the Dawgs but it’s kind of crazy how much bias occurs with fellow fans. Pearl has never been accused of paying any player. He committed secondary violations by having Junior H.S. players and their families over to his house for a cook-out. The big problem as that the dummy lied to the NCAA about it. The NCAA comes down hard on any SEC team not named Alabama or Florida so Pearl make get big time penalties including the dreaded ban from coaching but I doubt it. Calhoun was both accused and found guilty of worse violations but just given a slap on the wrist. UT basketball should be OK if the NCAA is fair at all. Pearl is a bit of a snake but his results are big-time. The Dawgs should be in the tourney for sure but their SOS is about 50 spots lower than UT’s number 2 in the nation. I hope the SEC gets 6 teams in the dance but it’s doubtful. I think UT probably gets in ahead of UGA if it comes down to only one of them getting in though. You can’t argue with wins over road wins over Pitt and Villanova. The Dawgs have underachieved a bit this year in my opinion. We should have won at least 11 or 12 SEC games and finished first in east. A road win over Alabama today should make us a complete lock for the big dance though.


March 5th, 2011
2:20 pm

Counselor Ryan, You are a smart man and exactly right all around. I love Bruce Pearl but what a numb nut move he made by lying to the NCAA. That being said, I hope he is at UT for years to come and Brooks sounds like a great fit for UT because we will be going back to being a more full court pressing team. UT needs Georgia to get beat by Alabama and Florida to beat Vandy and we need to beat UK so we can get a #2 seed in the SEC tournament. Other than that I wish Georgia good luck for the rest of the season. Go Vols

Oh Henry!

March 5th, 2011
2:32 pm

Right Ryan. I forgot about the Vols beating Pitt. That game was in
Pittsburgh and the Panthers got blown out.

Bama looking tough today. If they win it looks good for the Tide
vs. the bubble – which also hurts the dawgs.

Florida, KY, Vandy, Tennessee, and maybe one more SEC team makes the dance. Who will that last team be?

Ryan Daley

March 5th, 2011
3:55 pm

Georgia just lost to Bama. If we beat UK we will have the same conference records. I know you guys didn’t have Trey Thompkins against Bama, but we didn’t have Scotty Hopson against them, so it looks like they didn’t face either of us when we were at full strength. I hope UGA or UT ends Bama’s tournament hopes in the first game they play in the SEC tournament.


March 5th, 2011
4:01 pm

In regards to Brooks, I am not sure how he would fit in with Tennessee’s roster. Hopson is going pro after this year and we have Tatum, Ware and McRae that are 6-6 small forwards already on the roster. Brooks seems like he would provide depth for UT, but not see the floor until his junior year at the earliest. If a top 40 recruit like Jordan McRae cannot find ANY playing time, then Brooks may want to look at other schools.

Tennessee is really late in the game on many recruits. I think they really thought they would sign Adonis Thomas or Jakarr Simpson and struck out on both in the same week a few months ago. UT needs a big time 2012 class with at least two big men.

the real Old Gold

March 5th, 2011
6:21 pm

Enjoy Vol’s probation! Go to Tech!


March 5th, 2011
6:25 pm

Just don’t be going to any BBQs.If you do,expect a call to ask you to lie about it.


March 5th, 2011
6:26 pm

Thompkins started and played the whole game against Alabama. UGA was at full strength and lost.

Oh Henry!

March 5th, 2011
7:17 pm

ESPN / Lunardi just listed Georgia as the 1st team OUT
of the field of 64 now. It was just on.

BIG loss for the dawgs today and Big win for the Tide.

Oh Henry!

March 5th, 2011
7:17 pm

I mean field of 68 now…


March 5th, 2011
10:12 pm

I guess it will come down to how well the dawgs do in the tournament. One and and done and they are out. Georgia has most definitely took some games off this year. When they played up to there potential they were a very good team. Problem was that far to often they played down right uninspired and sloppy basketball. Fox I don’t know how good the players are that you recruited this season but for christ sakes get someone who can actually shoot a jump shot. The outside shooting for Georgia boderlines pathetic.

As far as young Mr Brooks situation goes. Go to the school that you most want to go to. If that be Georgia or Tech then if a walk on and a academic scholarship is all that you can get, then why not go that route. If Georgia nor Tech are the schools that you are most interested in, then good luck where ever you go. Sorry Vol fans but Tennessee is going to get it. I mean if Bruce Pearl is stupid enough to go out and commit another violation 4 days after coming clean then the man is obviously a cheat and a person of low integrity. I don’t think the man has a honest bone in his body. He knew that he was breaking the rules the minute that he broke them. His only regret is that he got caught. If he is that arrogant then I would have to think that he has done much worse. His boss strikes me as being a bit on the shadey side also.

Chuck Uga

March 6th, 2011
1:22 am

Pearl has been recruitintg Georgia HARD after the Harrick fiasco. Tennessee is doing quite well in Georgia because they can. Mark Fox is a great coach (at least as good as Pearl) but probably won’t last at Georgia because of the lack of commitment by the AD (no, I’m not buying old school McGarity’s smoke-blowing) and basketball-ignorant Athletic Association. Georgia is not willing to do what it takes to win consistently…build up the program in-state and hire a juggernaut recruiting assistant. Too many players get away, and it also doen’t help when you have AAU and “club” coaches around the state directing kids to anywhere but Georgia. This was compounded by the former coaches. Tubby couldn’t recruit and Harrick couldn’t either although he was the best hoops coach Georgia ever had. What a great instructor. Perhaps Fox will get to that, but probably not in Athens. I am looking forward to seeing UT on probabtion at last. I still say Pearl will never win anything big, but he knows he can take advantage of Georgia like many, many, many other coaches have in the past.

Chuck Uga

March 6th, 2011
1:26 am

Georgia was NOT at full strength today. Thompkins was hurting bad. UGA would have beaten Bama in Athens for sure. Bama did well this year and went 16-0 at home and beat UT in Knoxville. Both team deserve an NCAA bid. I am just afraid of what will happen to Mark Fox if his team doesn’t make it in. Probably won’t make it next season either since Leslie and Thompkins are both going to make very poor decision of entering the NBA draft. UGA basketball…the biggest underachieving program in NCAA Division I.


March 6th, 2011
8:04 am

If ya ask me neither Georgia nor Alabama should be in the “dance” and Tennessee should be on the bubble at best. The SEC from top to bottom is pretty weak and it’s very true in the SEC West.

On the subject of Henry Brooks he is one smart fella. Sounds like he would succeed no matter where he goes. I hope he opts to stay in the SEC because I have read where he is quite the player.


March 6th, 2011
3:23 pm

Don’t see how any kids parents could be okay with them playing for Bruce Pearl.

Fly McFaddin

March 7th, 2011
6:49 am

Congrat’s Henry. There’s a tradition of great DeKalb players in Tenn. Good Luck


March 7th, 2011
7:11 pm

Grow up Nick. Not many “kids” playing college BBall.
If the young man goes to Tennessee i’m sure he will
have success there just as he would at many other SEC