As NBA teams prepared to make their draft selections Thursday night, NBA guard Aaron Brooks paid a visit to Montana State's basketball camp.
Brooks, a former Oregon Duck, just finished his 6th season in the NBA. Brooks graduated in 2007, but built a relationship with former Oregon Assistant Coach Brian Fish when he returned on visits to the Eugene campus.
"He's well connected," said Brooks. "Fish is gonna be a great coach. It's a big opportunity and he's doing it right. He's motivated to work and bring kids in here to a storied tradition."
Brooks was taken with the 26th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets and says it's exciting to share his stories with the kids about his draft experiences.
"It's just good to be here and to tell my story of how I got drafted," said Brooks. "That way can give them a different perspective of, when they watch the NBA draft, what's going through these kids heads."
Brooks says visiting a camp before the season also helps get him excited for the upcoming season.
"I know the kids are having fun and I remember when Gary Payton came and talked to a camp, it was good for it," said Brooks. "I'm not Gary Payton, but just to have an NBA guy come here and talk to them and watch them and shoot with them, I'm sure it feels pretty cool."
Brooks is the second big name Fish has brought into the camp, after CBS Sports analyst Doug Gottlieb visited with the campers and the public on Tuesday