UCLA. Thirty-three years later, Kent sobbed in the post-game press conference when his Ducks again knocked off the top-ranked Bruins.For Brooks, the statement he set out to make was heard not just around the Pac-10 Conference, but around the country. Aaron Brooks had scored 25 points by the time the clock reached zero. More importantly, Brooks’ shot, “The Kiss,” was the Ducks’ only field goal over the final seven minutes of the game, a contest where the Ducks had dominated early spurred on by the rabid Oregon crowd but feeling the concern of a last-minute comeback by the Bruins when the Ducks’ shot went cold in the2nd half.While the team win was big, Aaron Brooks’ individual victory of getting NBA scouts’heads to turn in his direction was bigger. brooks had been a highly-touted prospect from Seattle, WA, when he joined the Ducks, a player many teams coveted. Hewas thought to be the answer, carrying Oregon to 3-4 years of prosperity, the heir apparent to the “Two Lukes” glory days. That didn’t happen. Brooks first few yearsin Eugene were mired in inconsistent play, friction, and questions of his maturity.By his senior year though Brooks was a changed man and player, a proud new father and better basketball player, a true team leader capable of taking over a gameand willing his team to victory when duty called–essentially, the player everyonethought he was coming out of high school. The Ducks stormed through the Pac-10conference, winning the Pac-10 Tournament in a stunning display in the championship game vs. USC that featured a perfect shooting night from Bryce Taylor (7/7)and diminutive shooting guard Tajuan Porter torching the Trojans from deep range. It was one of the most impressive performances of team basketball seen in recent years, and conducting it all was Brooks, like a pitcher throwing a perfect game.The Ducks would make it as far as the Elite-Eight in the NCAA Tournament beforefalling to the eventual NCAA National Champion Florida Gators, giving the Gatorsthe toughest test they faced throughout the tournament largely outplaying UF but suffering from a case of whistle-happy referees leading to almost the entire Oregon starting lineup fouling out of the game.Five months after the unforgettable victory over #1 UCLA, at the 2007 NBA DraftBrooks was selected as the 26th overall pick by the Houston Rockets. Before dressing in Rockets gear, he was sent down to the Rockets D- League team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, for two games where he formed a close bond with the community and team president Bert Garcia. Brooks helped conduct Rockets youth camps, including one run by the Vipers. Upon joining the Rockets, the team gave Brooks thebest present a player could ask for, the keys to the starting point guard position. Rafer Alston, the Rockets starting point guard, was traded to Orlando.Two years later he led the Rockets to the Western Conference Semi-Finals againstthe Los Angeles Lakers, where Brooks made his first big professional impact inGame 4 of the series. He torched the Lakers for 34 points and helped the Yao Ming-less Rockets even the series at 2-2. The Lakers would however go on to win theseries.Brooks continued his rise to success–on March 17, 2010, Brooks shot 7-7 from behind the three point arc against the Memphis Grizzlies, setting a new franchise record. On April 11, 2010, Brooks became only the sixth player in NBA history to make over 200 3-pointers and over 400 assists in a single season.To culminate a great start to a long, promising career, he was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player on April 23, 2010, averaging 19.6 points, 5.3 assists, and 2.6rebounds per game.