Michael Brooks (basketball)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Michael Brooks
Michael Anthony Brooks.jpg
Personal information
Born (1958-08-17)August 17, 1958
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died August 22, 2016(2016-08-22) (aged 58)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school West Philadelphia Catholic
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College La Salle (1976–1980)
NBA draft 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the San Diego Clippers
Playing career 1980–1996
Position Power forward
Number 7, 35
Career history
19801984 San Diego Clippers
1987 Indiana Pacers
1987 Philadelphia Aces
1987–1988 Albany Patroons
1988 Philadelphia Aces
1988 Denver Nuggets
1988–1992 Limoges
1992–1995 Levallois
1995–1996 Strasbourg IG
2006–2008 Chêne
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 4,086 (12.8 ppg)
Rebounds 2,001 (6.3 rpg)
Assists 818 (2.6 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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.

La Salle[edit]

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.


Brooks played for the USA 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]


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.

See also[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Michael Brooks had five children, Michael Johnson-Brooks, Athena Brooks, Julien Brooks, Jasper Brooks, and Sacha Brooks. Michael was also survived by his mother and 2 younger sisters.


  1. ^ Michael Brooks, former La Salle great, dies at 58
  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. 

External links[edit]