When did you first start playing basketball?
I remember being introduced to basketball at a very early age through our local recreation program. Ever since then I’ve developed more of a passion for the sport I’ve learned love.
What was your overall recruiting process like and what were some of the schools that showed interest in you?
Overall my recruiting process was a positive experience. At the beginning of the process however, it was a little difficult for me because I wasn’t sure how the process worked and found myself uncomfortable with the communication aspect. But throughout the years I was able to develop and mature as a person, and I found myself extremely comfortable with the process. Some of the schools that showed interest in me other than Bentley were, Saint A’s, Assumption, UNH, UMASS, and UMAINE.
Did your family, friends, etc. play a role in your decision and how so?
In the end, it was my decision, and my family and friends knew that and respected that. However, there were times when I wanted to know what my parents thought, and they would give an answer that still left me unsure of where they stood in the entire process. I had a really close friend that helped me through the recruiting process as she was exposed to it early on.
Tell us a little bit about your high school and AAU experience and how both played a role in your decision.
Both my high school and AAU experience was very similar. I’ve grown up in a team-friendly environment with a team-first attitude. I think of my AAU team as my second family because if the Firecrackers have taught me one thing it would be your team matters way more than your individual accomplishments. When I first visited Bentley I immediately got that team-first feeling, and everyone was very welcoming and it felt like I belonged there.
In the end, why did you choose Bentley?
Honestly, I knew right away. The moment I walked onto campus it felt at home with the location, size and how friendly the students were. The atmosphere on campus felt positive, and when I walked into the gym I could see myself playing there. After every conversation with the coaches, I would wonder what it would be like to play for them. Bentley has a very rigorous academic program and I felt I could challenge myself but still be successful. In terms of the basketball aspect, I saw a competitive environment and the style of play was similar to what I was accustomed to.
What are you most looking forward to at Bentley?
I don’t think I could pick just one thing that I am most looking forward to. I can’t wait to see what will happen in the next four years of my life. I’m looking forward to the new challenges I will have to battle through as a student-athlete and I’m also looking forward to the new friendships I will make and build throughout the four years of my college experience.
What is your favorite memory playing basketball growing up?
I have had so many great memories and I’ve met so many great people along the way, but one of the memories that sticks out the most is winning back to back state championships. The memory of winning the championship will always stick in my head but to me, there is a deeper meaning to those two games. My mom grew up in Cumberland Maine and played for the Greely basketball team as well. Her team was the last team to win back to back state championships at Greely. This moment has created a special bond between my mom and me, and it made me feel closer to her than I ever had before.
Any advice for players who are looking to play at the next level? (About the recruiting process, on and off the court, etc.)
Some advice about the recruiting process I would give other players is, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions, and most importantly be yourself. Some advice I would give for on the court is to continue to work on your game. One thing I would recommend is if you have the opportunity to join a lifting program it would be very beneficial to your game. The biggest off the court advice I would give is to keep your grades up. During the AAU season, you travel a lot and you want to make sure you stay ahead on your schoolwork. General advice that applies to every aspect of your life is you’re always being watched. Coaches don’t care if you miss a shot, they care how you react after you miss. Everyone has a bad game now and then, that is when coaches learn who you are. They look for the player that doesn’t hang their head when they have a turnover and who plays as hard as they can every second they’re on the court.
How will your high school team be this upcoming season? What are your goals entering your final season?
This upcoming season will be more challenging than the past two seasons, as we have won back to back state championship titles. We are only returning three starters and we have a fairly young but solid starting line up. Like any high school basketball player, my goal for the upcoming season is to win the state championship.
What are you most excited for in your senior year?
I can’t wait for my senior year to start! One thing I’m excited about is to see how I will grow as a person in my final year of high school. However, the thing I am probably most excited for is to spend one final year in the town I’ve grown up in, with my friends alongside me.
Now hear from the Firecrackers Head Coach, Brian Clement, on what he had to say about Brooke!
Brooke started playing for the Firecrackers in 4th grade. She has always been committed and skilled. Brooke has been determined to play college basketball since she was little and she’s put a lot of extra time into working on her game.
She is very skilled and quite versatile, able to play the 1, 2, or 3. Brooke is an excellent defender, shoots well, has excellent handles, and is an outstanding passer.
One of the things I most enjoy about coaching Brooke is she comes to practice with a smile every day and though she works hard, she has a great sense of humor and has a goofy side. She is genuine, sincere, and true to herself. There is a warmth and enthusiasm about her that brightens up the room. Brooke is popular with her teammates because she is loyal, committed, and plays the right way.
Unfortunately, she missed her last AAU season due to foot surgery but she will be 100% for the first time in 3-4 years so I expect great things out of her senior year in high school and expect her to be a significant contributor at Bentley. She’s been a lot of fun to coach and we’ll miss her a lot next year but Bentley will be fortunate to have her.