UND guard Elijah Brooks enters transfer portal

Mar. 19—GRAND FORKS — UND men's basketball sophomore Elijah Brooks entered the transfer portal Tuesday.

Brooks, a 6-foot-4 guard from Topeka, Kan., is the second Fighting Hawk to enter the portal after it opened for men's basketball Monday. B.J. Omot

announced his intentions to enter

on Thursday.

Brooks didn't start a game this season for UND after starting seven in his first year with the Hawks. Instead, coach Paul Sather used him off the bench as part of an eight-man rotation UND settled into early in Summit League play. Brooks was the eighth player off the bench after Eli King and Brady Danielson.

The rotation was cut to seven in the second half of conference play, limiting Brooks' minutes even more. He played 14 total minutes in his last five appearances this season, scoring five points off free throws. His last minutes came Feb. 17 at Oral Roberts.

Brooks didn't see game action the final three games of the regular season against North Dakota State, South Dakota State and South Dakota.

The only game Brooks played over 10 minutes in during conference play was the Summit League opener against St. Thomas Dec. 29. Brooks played 17 minutes and scored two points in the 70-45 loss.

Brooks averaged 3.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per game this year, shooting 66.7% from the field. He was 0-for-5 from three this season. He scored a season-high 12 points Nov. 25 against New Orleans.

Brooks, who was named Mr. Basketball following his senior season at Topeka West High School, played in 27 games with seven starts his freshman year.

He scored in double figures three times against Seattle, Idaho and St. Thomas his first year. Brooks averaged 4.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

UND ended the season 18-14 overall and 10-6 in Summit League play. It was the Hawks' best finish, and first winning season, under Sather.

Brooks is the fourth Hawk not returning next season, joining Omot, Tsotne Tsartsidze and Brady Danielson. The latter two exhausted their NCAA eligibility as fifth-years this season.

Four of UND's seven core players — King, Tyree Ihenacho, Treysen Eaglestaff and Amar Kuljuhovic — are expected to return next season. They were mainstays in the rotation that won 10 of its last 13 Summit League games after losing the first three games by totals of 25, 19 and 18 points.

The transfer portal window for men's basketball is open until May 1.