WOLCOTT — Tri-County senior Kinzi Brooks is prepared to provide perimeter shooting and quickness to Earlham College’s women’s basketball team next winter.
Brooks, the Cavaliers’ top scorer this winter at 11.5 points per game, signed a letter of intent to for Earlham, an NCAA Division III school located in Richmond, Indiana.
The daughter of Rodney and Tracey Brooks, the 5-foot-4 guard is expected to provide depth in her first year for coach Shauna Watson’s squad.
A member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the Quakers finished 8-17 this winter. Besides getting a chance to play right away, Brooks liked Earlham’s small campus.
“It is a small school,” she said. “I met with the coaches and they were really nice. Their program is up and coming.”
It is unclear how Watson will utilize Brooks, but the Tri-County senior said she will work hard for a varsity spot.
“We haven’t really got into that yet,” she said of her role at Earlham, “but she (Watson) told me she saw a spot.”
Brooks finished her four-year varsity career at TCHS with 656 points, including 230 this season. She led the team in 3-point shooting in each of the past three years, totaling 86 3-pointers for her career.
She said she enjoyed her four seasons at Tri-County, which included a 10-12 finish her junior year.
“It was a great experience,” she said. “I had great teammates and I got a lot of support. I’m really thankful for all of that.”
She feels she will need to improve in some areas at the next level, including:
“My confidence for sure. Shooting on the go and quicker defense,” she said.
Brooks plans to major in architectural engineering at Earham with hopes of designing homes, bridges and other buildings.
“I’ll have to make my own career path with that, but they’ll set me up,” she said.