It is not typical that adding an assistant coach from Southeastern Louisiana State would create a great deal of buzz, but Jordan Howard has the kind of track record and pedigree that has garnered him plenty of recognition in the past and marks him as someone who has a bright future in college basketball. Xavier is so convinced by the abilities of the Hampton product, that he joins the program as Xavier’s first ever Director of Recruiting.
Having played at Howard in college, Brooks spent time in the AAU circuit before landing at Howard where he was influential in the recruiting and development of UConn’s RJ Cole, who Xavier fans may remember from the time he morphed into Pete Maravich for an afternoon at Cintas Center. Brooks headed from there to Southeastern Louisiana, after being tagged as one of NABC’s 30 Under 30, and spent two seasons with the Bison before making the jump to high major basketball that his apparent talents merit.
Much of what Brooks will do figures to be behind the scenes, although he will probably take over as the account Xavier fans tag when a player announces plans to transfer, but his influence will almost certainly be seen on the floor as he tries to keep the talent pipeline flowing at Xavier. With Xavier’s most recent class receiving rave reviews and the 2021 class falling just outside the Top 50, Brooks figures to be ready to make his impact in the 2022 class and beyond.