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Kansas State basketball loses assistant Alvin Brooks to Baylor

K-State assistant Alvin Brooks (Courtesy photo: K-State Athletics)
K-State assistant Alvin Brooks (Courtesy photo: K-State Athletics)

Kansas State basketball assistant Alvin Brooks is leaving the Wildcats and will coach at Baylor next season.

K-State announced the move Wednesday night.

Brooks is the first assistant to depart K-State since Bruce Weber was hired in 2012. During his time in Manhattan, he was the Wildcats’ lead recruiter in Texas, bringing in players such as Wesley Iwundu and Dante Williams. He also played a key role in recruiting former leading scorer Marcus Foster. A Texas native, he helped K-State win 79 games in his four seasons.

“The decision to leave K-State has been one of most of difficult in my professional life,” Brooks said in a news release. “I have learned so much from Coach Weber about coaching and helping develop young people with integrity. Ultimately, this was too good of an opportunity for us to get closer to our immediate families in Texas.

“Our family will be forever grateful to Coach Weber and the entire K-State Family for making our four years in Manhattan so special. I know there are great days ahead for K-State basketball.”

Next season, he will try and help Baylor coach Scott Drew return the Bears to the NCAA Tournament.

Weber has already begun searching for a replacement. Still, he had nothing but kind words for Brooks when informed of his departure.

“I appreciate Alvin’s contribution to our program over these past four years,” Weber said. “He has been a valuable member of our staff and has helped build a solid foundation for this program.”

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