Garrison Brooks, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward from Lafayette, Ala., has committed to the North Carolina men's basketball team, he announced Friday night.
Brooks — the No. 128 player in the Class of 2017 — originally committed to Mississippi State on Nov. 9, but he decommitted on March 31 and reopened his recruiting process. He received offers from Iowa State, Florida State and Memphis, among other teams. National powerhouse Kansas was also interested in the power forward.
Head coach Roy Williams was supposed to visit Brooks at his home on Wednesday, the same day he visited highly-touted small forward Kevin Knox, but the visit was unexpectedly cancelled. Many North Carolina fans feared that Brooks had decided to commit elsewhere, so Friday's news should be a welcome sigh of relief in an offseason full of questions.
As a senior at Auburn High School in 2016-17, Brooks averaged 14.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 blocks per game. He is now the fifth member of the Tar Heels' incoming recruiting class, joining guards Jalek Felton and Andrew Platek, forward Sterling Manley and center Brandon Huffman.