MarShon Brooks was the second leading scorer in the nation and had played four years in the Big East. But he was still a relative unknown entering the draft, with both a high ceiling and a low floor. Part of the reason is that Brooks wasn't exactly high on the NBA radar before his senior season at Providence, when he took advantage of the departures of a few teammates and became a much more dynamic player.
Those who watched Brooks closely at Providence don't offer much criticism.
"Not only was he a good player, but he’s also a charismatic, likable guy," says John Butler, sports editor for the PC student newspaper. "Students rallied around him; he was, across the board, liked by everybody. He had a little bit of a chip on his shoulder, was a little bit cocky, but people like that."
- The Best-Scoring Blank Canvas in the Big East - Kevin Lincoln - The Good Men Project