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Charles Brakes #4

Position: Guard/Forward
Height: 6'7''
Weight: 180 lbs.
Born: April 10, 1972
Hometown: Chicago, IL
High School: De La Salle H.S.

High School Career

Brakes was a starter on Tony Rappold's 1988-89 squad, which went 22-4 and finished in the runner-up position in the Chicago Catholic League. Brakes led the team in rebounding that year and his teammates included two University of Illinois recruits. Brakes averaged 12.7 points and 8.5 rebounds as a junior, shooting 52% from the floor and 73.7% from the foul line.

As a senior, Brakes upped his production to 17.2 points per game, while averaging 7.5 rebounds. He shot 52.8% from the floor and 81% from the foul line.

Kevin O'Neill on Brakes after signing him on November 8, 1989- “For a 6'7” player, Charles can do all the things to help a team. He loves to play the game and is a good all-around player. More importantly, he is a really good person and will fit in well at Marquette University. His best playing days are ahead of him.“

Accolades

  • 1989 All-Catholic League
  • 1990 All-Catholic League
  • 1990 Chicago Sun-Times All-Area Team
  • 1990 Chicago Sun-Times All-State Team
  • 1990 IBCA All-State, Third Team

Marquette Career

Brakes transferred to the University of Illinois at Chicago after his freshman season at Marquette.

Marquette All-Time Rankings

All-Time Freshman Season Rankings

  • 6th, Three Point Field Goal Percentage (min 50 att.) (40.7%)

Personal

Brakes is the son of Charles and Diana Brakes. His nicknames were “Chuck” and “Charley Tuna.” His favorite NBA player is Patrick Ewing and his favorite team is the Spurs. His ideal vacation spot is Paris and he enjoys eating steak, potatoes and chili. He enjoys playing pool, ping-pong, bowling and swimming. He feels his strengths as a player are his shooting and team play. He was a Broadcast & Electronic Communications major.


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