According to social media posts, former Mountaineer basketball player Chris Brooks has passed away.
A McDonald’s All-American coming the Bronx, New York, Brooks was an outstanding 6-foot-6, 220-pound low post player for WVU from 1988-91. He scored 1,661 points and grabbed 775 rebounds in his career. He is 12th on WVU’s career scoring list and 15th on its career rebounding list. He is one of only five Mountaineers with over 1,660 points and 750 rebounds.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and former teammates at this time of sorrow.
Just awful news. I saw him play many times; always thought he outplayed taller players. God bless Chris and his family.
Sad to see a former player that young pass away.
Chris was a stalwart on those 80s Catlett teams. He was built a lot like Charles Barkley.
Very good player who couldn’t shoot straight. Sorry to hear
CC,, hope you just missed the burleywood on the shooting comment. Couldn’t shoot straight only from the FT line. 43% career FT shooter. But put him on the floor and he hit 13.7 pts/gm for his 4 years and 16.7 his SR year. 66.27% his SR year AND 60% for his career from the floor is the highest career and season % for ANY WVU player.
Chris was powerfully built and quicker than expected for a man his size. The Catlett years might not have been as successful as WVU fans would have liked, but he brought in a lot of memorable players that I really enjoyed watching. Chris was one of those players. Sad news.
Because his shots from the floor were mostly from 5 ft or less. He knew his limitations and excelled in the paint.