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Brooks highlights SJS Hall of Fame class

Scott Brooks delivers a speech during a special dedication in his honor on June 25, 2011, when the Lathrop Community Center officially opened its gymnasium that bears his name.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED August 5, 2014 2:03 a.m.

Manteca’s most accomplished boys basketball player is one of 32 inductees into the 2014 class of the Sac Joaquin Section Hall of Fame.

Scott Brooks — a native of French Camp who grew up in Lathrop and starred at East Union High — will be among those recognized on Sunday, Aug. 24 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, though SJS Director of Communication Will DeBoard said that the current Oklahoma City Thunder head coach will likely not be in attendance while on vacation.

In his senior year, Brooks led East Union to its first section playoff final-round appearance in 1983. The Lancers lost to Modesto 64-57 in the Division II championship. Brooks averaged 28.1 points that season, which ranked him third in state. 

The 5-foot-11 sharpshooting guard continued his career at Texas Christian University and Delta College before settling at UC Irvine, where he poured in 23.8 points per game as a senior. Undrafted, he went on to play 10 years in the NBA and was part of the Houston Rockets championship team in 1994.

Brooks achieved greater success in the NBA as a head coach. He is entering his seventh year (293-170 regular-season record) as the Thunder’s head coach and has led the franchise to four straight Northwest Division titles and the NBA Finals in 2012. He was also named 2009-10 NBA Coach of the Year.

Joining Brooks in this star-studded class is former Ripon Christian head coach Randy Fasani, though he is recognized more for his accolades as an athlete. The Parade and USA Today All-American was considered by many as the nation’s top quarterback prospect in 1996 as a standout for Del Oro of Loomis. He played at Stanford and was drafted in the fifth round by the Carolina Panthers. 

Fasani returned to the gridiron as offensive coordinator and head coach for Ripon Christian. Last fall, the Knights went 10-3 under his guidance and advanced to their first-ever SJS postseason title game. He has since stepped down from the post and moved back to his hometown.

Other inductees of note include longtime Sonora boys basketball coach Rick Francis, Escalon baseball coach Bob Loureiro and his son Mark Loureiro, Escalon’s football coach.

This marks the third class of Hall of Famers for the SJS. The inaugural class in 2010 consisted of 56 athletes, coaches, administrators, officials and media members. The 2012 class was made up of 43 inductees. Future classes will be much smaller as the section continues to catch up on the 70-plus years of its decorated history.

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