Senior Ryan Brooks, who helped lead the Aces to a sixth state championship last March and 2nd consecutive state finals berth, will announce his college basketball plans at a press conference on Thursday, June 29 at 3 PM in the Lower Merion High School gymnasium.
Brooks led the Aces in scoring this season at 19.7 ppg, and increased his average to more than 23 per game during the team's remarkable playoff run. He led the team in three-point field goals made and three-point percentage, shooting at better than 42% on the season. He finishes his career as the school's 3rd all-time leading scorer with 1319 points. For his efforts during the 2005-06 campaign, Brooks earned 1st Team All Southeastern PA honors from the Philadelphia Inquirer, was named second team All-State by the Associated Press and First Team All Central League and All Main Line.
A team captain, honor roll student, volunteer youth basketball coach and mentor for youth in the Lower Merion community, Brooks' contributions as a winner, leader and role model will forever be part of Aces Nation lore.
Brooks will be joined by his family, Lower Merion coaches and teammates at Thursday's event.
*** Lower Merion basketball boasts a proud and storied past and is among the most successful programs in Pennsylvania history. Since 1921, Lower Merion teams have amassed a record of 1180 wins and 681 losses, a .634 winning percentage. In that span, the Aces have had 64 winning seasons and have earned 31 league titles, 38 District 1 playoff appearances, 15 District 1 titles, 20 District 1 Final Four appearances, 23 State Playoff bids, 12 State Final Fours and six PIAA State Titles (the most of any AAAA program in Pennsylvania). The team won the 2006 State Championship, defeating Schenley of Pittsburgh 60-58 in the Finals - the win marked the first time since 1943 that the Aces earned back-to-back state championship victories.