Goshen News, Goshen, IN

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January 25, 2010

Remembering Doug Brookins

He shall forever be a shining star in the minds of long-time Falcon basketball followers.

Doug Brookins, 1971 Fairfield High School graduate, died last Thursday at the age of 56 after a four-month illness and services were held this morning.

After all these years, Brookins still holds FHS boys basketball records for career points with 1,293 and points scored in a single season — 601 during his senior year.

Listed at 6-8 and 235 pounds as a Fairfield senior, Brookins was considered by many to be the best “big man” to step on an Elkhart County basketball court in the first three quarters of the previous century.

During Brookins’ three years as a varsity player, the Falcons posted a 57-14 record and won two East Noble sectional championships (1969 and 1971) during the single-class era.

He went on to play at Creighton University where he scored 1,115 career points. As a senior, he was the No. 2 free-throw shooter in the nation at 88.2 per cent.

Brookins was named most improved player at Creighton as a sophomore and he helped the team notch 23-7 and 20-7 records the next two years, playing in four NCAA tournament games.

He was drafted by the Washington Bullets of the NBA in the ninth round and also received several offers to play in Europe.

In 1996, Brookins was inducted into the Elkhart County Sports Hall of Fame. He would have been 57 years old on Feb. 1.

Brookins played during an era when there were several high-scoring stars on the Elkhart County basketball scene.

They included Dean Weirich of Northridge, John Ritter of Goshen, Garvin Roberson of Elkhart, Terry Johns of Jefferson and Dave Culp of Goshen who all played between 1968 and 1972 and scored at least 1,100 career points.

There is a basketball tradition in the Brookins family.

Doug’s brother Ron set a junior scoring record for the New Paris Cubs with 320 points during the 1956-57 season. He was named to The News’ all-sectional first team at Elkhart that season.

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