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AHS junior standout to play in Germany

Garrison Brooks Garrison Brooks
AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

You could call it the chance of a lifetime! An Auburn High School basketball player will be taking his talents on the court, all the way to Germany.

Garrison Brooks just wrapped up his junior season at AHS, finishing the year averaging just a shade under 16 points per game and a shade above 11 rebounds.  

He has been fielding calls from some big time SEC schools, but just last week he got an entirely different call. 

Brooks will be headed to Frankfurt, Germany at the end of March to play in the Albert Schweitzer Tournament with some of the top talents under 18 from
around the world.  

A handful of notable NBA players have participated in this tournament in years past: Magic Johnson, Tim Duncan, Pau Gasol, Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, Kyle Lowery, Tony Parker, and Vince Carter.  

"It’s a great experience I mean it’s a once in a lifetime thing so I am just enjoying it while I can," said Garrison about the chance to travel abroad for the game that he loves.  

Five years ago when he was preparing to enter 7th grade, Auburn High School coach Chris Brandt saw the young 6'2" teenager and knew he would be something special.

“He was gonna start school his 7th grade year and I saw him that summer and even in the junior high in 7th grade when he was playing I could tell he had something special,” Brandt said. 

Despite being bounced from the State Tournament Wednesday night versus Lee High School, Brooks' season is far from over.  He will continue to practice in preparation for the Albert Schweitzer Tournament.

And the hard work is nothing new.

“He actually tries to come in early in the morning, stays after practice.  I mean he’s always in the gym, he is a gym rat," Brandt said.  

When asked what he was most looking forward to when he gets to Frankfurt, Brooks' response was, "Buy shoes, buy shoes and try food.” He also pointed out he was not so much looking forward to the cold weather.   

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