In this picture stand a Hall of Fame coach, a future Hall of Fame coach and a guy who bolted from Indiana because he wasn't getting enough playing time. They're celebrating one win in a run to the 1987 Final Four, an event in which Indiana won its most recent national title.
Delray Brooks was a 1984 co-Mr. Basketball in the Hoosier State as well as the USA Today National Player of the Year. He and Danny Manning were the only two high school players invited to try out for the U.S. Olympic team.
Once he reached Bloomington, however, all the accolades may as well have been bestowed on someone completely different. Brooks started 12 games as a freshman, but averaged a mere 3.6 points per game. The following season, his scoring dipped to 2.4 in 13 minutes per game, and Brooks had had enough.
He left for Providence, where he formed a terrific trio with point guard Billy Donovan (above left) and coach Rick Pitino (above center). The Friars fell one game short of getting Brooks a national championship shot against his former school, one that he claimed he would approach as just another game.
Brooks ended his Friar career as a 14-PPG man, a strong step up from his disheartening Hoosier production, but still not enough to earn him any NBA looks.
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