Patrick Rooks is the son of Steven Rooks, former Appling County Pirate standout. He is a top basketball prospect and will be playing for the Clemson Tigers in 2013. He presently attends state ranked, Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, N.C.
Patrick is following in the footsteps of his dad, who was also an All-American at Southern Wesleyan University from 1988-1992. Basketball history runs deep in the Rooks family. Patrick’s grandmother, Joann Rooks also played basketball for the Appling County Pirates back in the late 50’s. It is recorded that she scored 50 points in a game. Norman Rooks is a retired and respected citizen of Baxley as well.
Patrick started playing competitive basketball at the age of eight years old. He has always been known as one of the best shooters in his age group. As a ninth grader, he attended Clemson University’s Elite Camp. The university only invited the players who showed potential to compete on the ACC level. Patrick was the youngest player at the camp at 14, but impressed the Clemson Tigers by hitting nine three-point shots in one game and a total of 19 in three games. They immediately started to aggressively recruit Patrick. He was also recruited by NC State, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Georgetown, Missouri and many more.
Clemson offered him a scholarship during his 10th grade year. This was Patrick’s dream offer. His mother, Vea Rooks received her Master’s degree from Clemson University, and his dad, Steven graduated from Southern Wesleyan University, located a few miles from Clemson. Both also lived and worked in the area for 12 years. Patrick loved the coaches, staff, facilities, and educational services offered by Clemson. In May 2011, the end of his sophomore year, he committed to the university.
Patrick is now a 6’4” shooting guard who is ranked among the top 100 players in the country. He is ranked as the #1 shooting guard in North Carolina. He has been featured in various papers, articles and newsletters. Patrick was most recently highlighted and interviewed by the Spotlight of Charlotte. The show was aired and viewed throughout the state. Dave Telep, national recruiting analyst for ESPN stated that Patrick is by far one of the best shooters in the country.
Patrick continues to commit himself to extensive training. Each week he shoots 2500 shots, runs 10 miles, swims 60 laps and works on skill developments for six hours. He plays on a summer team that travels across the country to play against the nation’s best players in his age group.
With hard work, support from parents, family and most importantly blessings from God, he will reach all the goals he has set for himself. Patrick’s parents and grandparents are very proud of his accomplishments, and prays he will continue to have blessings bestowed upon him.
I am Steven Rooks, Patrick's father. I am very please that you presented this artice in such a professional manner. Clemson University has retrieved the article and posted it on tigernation.com. It has been posted on facebook by a college buddy. It has really been a good source of information for others to see that Baxley has strong pedigree. The area truly produces some of the nation's strongest athletes in various sports. Although Patrick was not raised in Baxley, his ability to play basketball has everything to do with the rich history of Appling County athletics.