All-State

Brooks, Damron complete prep resumes

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County is getting itself an All-State guard.

In two weeks time, in what would be one of the biggest steals in area recruiting history, Maryville College may be getting one, too.

Heritage’s Katie Brooks and Maryville’s Jordan Damron added the final page to decorated high school careers when they were named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State Teams last week.

The All-State selection completes the resume for the silky, 5-foot-9 Brooks, who realized a lifelong dream of a Division I scholarship when she signed with the UMBC Retrievers last November.

“It was like a fairytale ending for me,” said the Lady Mountaineer ace of the All-State honor. “There were several things I put on my list to hopefully achieve one day, and this was one of them. It’s a great feeling.”

Damron, named to the TSWA All-State boys team, said he’s giving serious thought to shunning scholarship offers from a collection of Division I schools — including East Tennessee State, Appalachian State and Morehead State — and becoming a Scot.

“I’m really considering Maryville College,” Damron said.

The most valuable player of last year’s Class AAA state tournament said he hopes to announce a decision in the next two weeks.

Brooks and Damron delivered seasons to remember this winter. The Lady Mountaineers had a go-to player like few others in Brooks. The point-guard/shooting guard pumped in 19.6 points per game during her senior season, adding 4.0 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals.

The Lady Mountaineer sharpshooter led Heritage to the regular-season District 4AAA title and was named the league’s most valuable player. Brooks said Retrievers’ coach Phil Stern told her a similar role of distributor/shooter awaits her at UMBC, but there are no guarantees. That Stern didn’t offer one is what impressed her most during the recruiting, she said.

“My goal is to help the best way I can,” Brooks said. “If I work hard enough, he (Stern) said I had a chance to be (America East Conference) rookie of the year. That gave me goose bumps.”

The fact that Damron is considering the Scots is certainly cause for excitement at Maryville College. The 6-foot guard ripped area competition for 18.4 points, 5.0 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals this season, a year removed from leading Maryville High to the school’s first state basketball championship.

In two of the season’s more memorable games, Damron visited heavy damage upon district power Bearden, putting 42 points in the Bulldogs in a double-overtime thriller in Knoxville. Later in the season at Maryville, he exploded for 35, with 32 of the points coming in the second half.

The Rebels took both games en route to the regular-season crown.

The All-State selection ranks with any accolade he’s ever received, Damron said.

“It’s definitely up there,” he said. “It’s one of the biggest honors I’ve ever had, if not the biggest.”

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