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Lafayette Jeff's Brooks Barnhizer makes it official, signs with Northwestern

Lafayette Jeff star guard Brooks Barnhizer made his commitment to the Northwestern basketball program official Friday.

Posted: Nov 13, 2020 11:02 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2020 11:48 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette Jeff star guard Brooks Barnhizer made his commitment to the Northwestern basketball program official Friday.

Barnhizer, who moved to Lafayette when his father Mark took the head coaching job two years ago, has been a driving force behind the Bronchos success. The senior averaged 21 points 9.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists a season ago.

"It is really rewarding," said Barnhizer. 

"You know just I remember growing up, waking up, you know you didn't really want to wake up,  you start going in every day and you just find a love for the game," said Barnhizer. 

It's just kind of cool because I just never really, you know honestly I never saw myself doing anything like this," said Barnhizer. "It's really special to have this moment."

Barnhizer selected Northwestern over competing offers from Xavier, Butler and Western Kentucky among others.

Mark Barnhizer played his college basketball at Auburn, and has been a high school coach in both Indiana and Alabama for decades. Brooks' older brother Braxton plays college hoops at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL.

Barnhizer is one of three recruits in Northwestern's 2021 class. He joins guards Casey Simmons and Julian Roper.

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