NC State commit Zoe Brooks, Sabrina Ionescu win WNBA Skills Challenge

Zoe Brooks hasn’t even stepped foot on a college campus yet and she’s already winning awards in the WNBA. On Saturday afternoon, the NC State commit participated in the 2022 Skills Challenge and won the crown along with teammate Sabrina Ionescu as part of the WNBA All-Star Weekend.

Prior to officially signing with NC State in the 2023 class, Brooks was invited to the WNBA Skills Challenge and paired up with former No. 1 overall pick and rising superstar Ionescu for the competition. After making a run through the field to make it to the championship round, the pair posted the fastest time in the entire event with no mistakes made throughout the round.

During an interview with Holly Rowe of ESPN, Brooks didn’t lack any confidence as she stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Ionescu after dominating the competition.

“I know how to do what I do,” Brooks said with a laugh. “I just came out here and I had fun.”

Rowe also noted Brooks is an NC State commit, along with giving a shoutout to Wes Moore and the program as a whole.

Brooks comes to the Wolfpack from Holmdel (N.J.) St. John Vianney High, making her the first guard to commit to the Pack since Aziaha James in the 2021 class. Much like James, Brooks ranks as a Top 20 guard and is viewed as a high four-star prospect in her class.

Last season with St. John Vianney, the 5-foot-10 guard averaged 18.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 3.7 assists per game. After the competition, Ionescu joked that she was more nervous than Brooks heading into the event. 

“I had a great partner, which helped,” Ionescu said. “I told myself I wasn’t going to get too competitive, but I got really competitive, so I’m happy we won. … Zoe and I went into the Skills Competition confident and looking to have fun. We’re happy about winning a championship against some really great competition.”

Brooks is set to join the Wolfpack during the 2023-24 season and still has one year remaining with St. John Vianney. With the way she’s played with Philly Rise on the EYBL circuit and proving herself at the WNBA All-Star weekend, don’t be surprised if she creeps up toward five-star status in the 2023 class.

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