Rapid Reaction: Nets trade up, get Brooks

PLAYER: Marshon Brooks

SCHOOL: Providence

POSITION: Guard/Forward

HEIGHT: 6-foot-5

WEIGHT: 200 pounds

What it means: The Nets, one of the worst scoring team's in the NBA, traded up, according to ESPN.com's Andy Katz, to land one of nation's most prolific collegiate scorers. Brooks, who averaged 24.6 points per game as a senior for the Friars, scored 52 points on Feb. 23 against Notre Dame. He can score in a variety of ways, whether it's off the dribble-drive penetration, with his back to the basket or knocking down the 3-point jumper as well (.340 percent last season).

How he fits: Brooks may challenge for the starting small forward position. But more likely, he will be the Nets' first guard off the bench, and should flourish playing alongside Deron Williams, a special passer who will make his life as a finisher much easier. The Nets don't have many guys on their roster who can create their own shot -- but Brooks should add that much-needed dimension.

Projected impact: Brooks will have every opportunity to crack the Nets' rotation. His defense is reportedly suspect, so he's going to have to get after it on that end of the court to earn Avery Johnson's trust. ESPN.com's Chad Ford called Brooks "a steal" if the Bucks could land him -- at 19.