Macari Brooks commits to DePaul

DePaul coach Oliver Purnell is out to bring winning back to Lincoln Park, but it appears as if he is also looking to return the fun.

After bringing in high-flying Crete-Monee forward Jamie Crockett as his first recruit, Purnell added Rich South senior guard Macari Brooks, an equally gifted athlete, on Wednesday.

Brooks, a 6-3 guard, is the No. 60th-ranked guard in the Class of 2011 by ESPN Recruiting.

He's a strong, athletic shooting guard, wing player," ESPN Recruiting's Reggie Rankin said. "He has a quick first step, can get to the basket and can finish around the rim with good body control. He's aggressive and likes to push the ball hard."

He had also considered Iowa, Marquette and Providence.

"I just like their style of play," Brooks said. "I think it fits me well. My style of play is I'm more up and down and physical. I'm like a Monta Ellis."

Brooks has been known to put on a show with his athleticism and dunking ability. He often has been described by his coaches as a Big East player due to his athleticism.

"I think it's a great fit for DePaul, especially in coach Purnell's system in how they get up and down," said Mac Irvin Fire coach Mike Irvin, Brooks' club coach. "To add an athlete like him, one of the top athletes in the country, is nothing but a plus."

Brooks' decision was also influenced by Crockett's commitment to DePaul. The two players are close friends and play together on the Fire.

"Me and Jamie grew up together," Brooks said. "We're best friends. We always talked about how we could play ball together our whole life. Now, we're taking that to the next level.

"It's just going to be exciting. We can bring excitement to the crowd. We plan on bringing DePaul back."

The pair also hopes to sway fellow Fire teammates Mike Shaw, one of the nation's top forwards, to DePaul. Shaw is nearing his decision and is considering the Blue Demons.

"Right now, I'm going to get on the phone with him," Brooks said. "Hopefully, we can get Mike Shaw and make him come. He was definitely waiting on me to make my decision."

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.