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Michael Brooks (basketball)

Michael Anthony Brooks (August 17, 1958 – August 22, 2016) was an American professional basketball player.[1] At 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m), he played as a forward.

Michael Brooks
Personal information
Born(1958-08-17)August 17, 1958
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedAugust 22, 2016(2016-08-22) (aged 58)
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolWest Philadelphia Catholic
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
CollegeLa Salle (1976–1980)
NBA draft1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the San Diego Clippers
Playing career1980–1996
PositionPower forward
Number7, 35
Career history
19801984San Diego Clippers
1987Indiana Pacers
1987Philadelphia Aces
1987–1988Albany Patroons
1988Philadelphia Aces
1988Denver Nuggets
1995–1996Strasbourg IG
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points4,086 (12.8 ppg)
Rebounds2,001 (6.3 rpg)
Assists818 (2.6 apg)
Stats at

College careerEdit

At La Salle University, Brooks racked up 2,628 points and 1,372 rebounds as an Explorer, leading La Salle to the NCAA Tournament in 1978 and 1980 and earning Big 5 MVP honors during those same years. He was named College Player of the Year in 1980. He is currently the 28th leading scorer in the history of the NCAA. He was inducted into the La Salle Hall of Athletes in 1985 and the Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1986.

Professional careerEdit


Brooks was selected by the San Diego Clippers with the 9th overall pick of the 1980 NBA Draft. In the NBA Brooks played for the Clippers (1980–84), Indiana Pacers (1986–87) and Denver Nuggets (1987–88) in altogether 319 games over six seasons.

National team careerEdit

Brooks played for the US in the Pan American Games in 1979. Brooks was chosen captain of USA 1980 Olympic team but was unable to compete due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott. In 2007 he received one of 461 Congressional Gold Medals created especially for the spurned athletes.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Michael Brooks had five children, Michael Johnson-Brooks, Athena Brooks, Julien Brooks, Jasper Brooks, and Sacha Brooks. He died on August 22, 2016, at the age of 58, after suffering a massive stroke. Michael was also survived by his mother and 2 younger sisters.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Columnist, By Mike Sielski, Inquirer. "Michael Brooks, former La Salle great, dies at 58". External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry. Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, IL: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403.

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