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Penn State Basketball: Brooks to Join Former Teammate Battle in NBA Summer League

by on July 08, 2012 6:00 AM

Former Penn State forward Jeff Brooks will have a chance to prove his worth in the NBA with the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards have invited him to join their roster for the NBA Summer League, which will be held July 13-22 in Las Vegas.

Since graduating after Penn State's 2011 NCAA Tournament to Temple, Brooks has become an important fixture overseas for Fileni BPA, averaging 17 points and five rebounds for the Italian-based team.

Brooks, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound Louisville native, battled injuries throughout the latter half of his senior year in Happy Valley but still managed his strongest season with the Nittany Lions.

As a senior, Brooks netted 13.1 points per game and a team-best 6.3 rebounds while shooting a team-best 54.7 percent and was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection.

Brooks isn’t the only former Penn State player participating in the NBA Summer League.

Guard Talor Battle, a 6-foot, 170-pound native of Albany, N.Y., recently was selected to play for the Los Angeles Clippers. He spent this past season playing for Telekom Baskets Bonn in Germany, where he  averaged 11 points and two assists.

Battle was named Penn State's Most Valuable Player award all four years and finished second in the Big Ten Conference in scoring as a senior in 2011, averaging 20.2 points.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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