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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - It was a bit of a homecoming Monday for MarShon Brooks, as the former Providence College guard was introduced to the media as the top draft-day acquisition of the New Jersey Nets.
Although Brooks spent most of his adolescent years in Georgia, he was born in nearby Long Branch, N.J., and has fond memories of his days in the Garden State.
“I always visited my grandmother in Long Branch and remember playing basketball at Monmouth (University) when I was young,” Brooks said. “So, I’m a Jersey boy at heart.”
The 6-foot-5 Brooks, who was the Big East’s leading scorer and was No. 2 overall in the country, averaging 24.6 points per contest, was taken by the Boston Celtics with the No. 25 pick of the first round. He was then shipped to the Nets in exchange for New Jersey’s first-round pick, JaJuan Johnson of Purdue, and a 2013 second-round selection.
“I’m excited to be here and I know I’m going to get a chance to play right away,” Brooks said. “I can provide energy, because I have a lot of energy and I can score. I’m a scorer who can shoot. I get to the rim better than most. (But) I need to improve my shooting.”
“He’s going to make life easier for me,” Brooks said. “I look forward to getting on the floor with him.”
Brooks will get that chance Tuesday, as he plans to workout with Williams at a training facility in California.
The teams can’t conduct official workouts due to the pending lockout situation in the NBA, but Williams agreed to work with both Brooks and one of the Nets‘ second-round selections, forward Jordan Williams of Maryland.
Brooks believes that he can handle the ball better than most shooting guards and admits that he needs to work on his defensive side.
“But I’ve played mostly against small forwards in college,” he said. “I’m looking forward to facing guys my own size. I know I have to be ready to go, because no one knows when the current situation will be over. Right now, I’m a little scared, because I don’t know how I’m going to handle going up against NBA guys in NBA workouts.”
Bojan Bogdanovic, a 6-foot-7 shooting guard/small forward from Croatia acquired in a deal with Minnesota after he was taken No. 31, was also in attendance Monday, but it may be a while before he’s seen in a Nets uniform.
Bogdanovic, who averaged 18 points per game for Cibona in the Adriatic and Croatian Leagues last year, just signed a deal to play for Fenerbache Istanbul of the Turkish League.
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