Let’s Connect: You have been an exceptional basketball player for as long as I’ve known you. What has your basketball journey been like?
Ced Brooks: My journey has been very unique and rare, definitely has it’s ups and downs. With a lot more ups than downs of course. My journey started at Comanche Youth Center, watching my mentors such as Tony Bradshaw and Dee Brown, to name a few. From that point, I fell in love with the game of basketball. This journey has taken me all over the world and adapted to several different countries. I am in the midst of writing a book about my story of playing basketball on and off of the court. My journey will definitely grab anyone’s attention.
LC: Killeen is place that collects athletes from all over the world but you’re a true local product who grew up dribbling the courts of Central Texas. What does it mean to represent the Centex?
CB: With me being a real local product of the city of Killeen, it means a lot to me because not to many basketball players have made an actual career out of it. So when kids ask if it’s even possible to go pro out of this small city then I can say I am living proof. We even have players such as Royce O’Neal playing for the Utah Jazz now. With older players such as Fred House, Ira Clark, and myself having paved the way for our new generation, it means more than words can explain when I am one of those players that represents the Centex.
LC: In your experience, what has been the driving force behind your ability to stay in the game for so many years?
CB: At this age, i have a few driving forces that keeps my motor going for so many years. The main thing is that I take good care of my body, it’s easy to see the finished product. However, the work that is put in behind closed doors can not go overlooked. I go to massage parlors, physiotherapy, cryo-therapy, run 3 miles every other day. Another motivational piece is my kids. And last but not least, my mother continues to play a big role in my success. She passed away my senior year in college, she is the main reason why I even picked up a basketball.
LC: Most recently, you were tabbed as the captain of the Texas Nighthawks. Tell us about your experience leading the charge in the Nighthawks 2nd season?
CB: First and foremost, it is an honor being named captain of my hometown team. Like any professional organization, It has been a roller-coaster ride during our 2nd season. With more success than failure. No, we did not win the championship this year. However, with this being just our 2nd year as a professional organization, we are headed in the right direction and have opened a lot of eyes as to who we are. We have definitely embedded our name into the league. It only gets better from here.
LC: If you could summarize the most important aspects of your life, what would they be?
CB: The most important aspects of my life is simple, GOD, my fiance and 2 kids, also my true friends/family. I have been a professional basketball player for 12 years and counting. If you know professional sports then you will know that is a great achievement in itself. to the fullest or not at all!”