Jordan Downing and DeMon Brooks spend almost all of their time together.
They play on the same high school basketball team. They play on the same AAU team. They work out together five days a week in the gym and in the weight room for most of the year.
Next season, Hopewell basketball's dynamic duo will go to college together too, as Brooks joined Downing in signing go to school and play basketball just 15 minutes down the road at Davidson College.
"We spend a lot of time together; actually, I was just with him a few minutes ago working out," said Brooks. "He wasn't the reason I chose Davidson, but it was a big factor. I think it will make the whole process and experience a lot more fun and a lot easier to have a friend and teammate there with you."
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If their high school track record is any indication, the future is bright.
For the last two seasons, Brooks and Downing not only led the Titans to a 52-4 record, including back-to-back conference (I-Meck, ME-CA 7) championships, but also became two of the top high school players in the area.
Brooks, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds on his way to becoming the I-Meck player of the year. Downing, a 6-foot-5 all-conference guard/forward, scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds per contest on the 23-3 Titan squad.
"This is a very special situation for Jordan, DeMon and everyone in the Hopewell basketball (family)," Hopewell basketball coach Eric Davis said. "It speaks so highly of their character and work ethic. Davidson won't just let anybody into their school or on their basketball team. To take two guys from one team says a lot about the players."
Brooks and Downing are already starting to get used to their collegiate surroundings, as they make the short trek to play pick-up games with the Davidson basketball team a couple days a week.
The Titan duo will join a highly-touted shooting guard in Tom Droney in what could be one of the best recruiting classes in school history.
"It's really exciting that two teammates, two local guys are getting to go the same school at the same time," said Downing. "My main focus is just getting better and helping the team, no matter what that means. I just want to win."
Both Downing and Brooks pointed to the Stephen Curry-era of Davidson basketball as something they hope to come close to helping make happen. But for now, both ex-Hopewell stars are focused on developing their skills as Division I basketball players.
"Jordan and DeMon are both exceptional players, and I think they will be very good at the collegiate level," Davis said. "I think both guys are (Davidson coach) Bob McKillop guys in that they play hard every possession on both offense and defense. That is very rare for a high school player to already be accustomed to that kind of intensity."
Brooks and Downing already plan to get a good start April 1during the ACC Barnstorming tour game, where they will team with Lake Norman players against some of Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest's seniors.
The duo will also participate in the N.C. East-West All-Star game at Greensboro Coliseum in July, among other camps and all-star competitions.
Downing should eventually be one of Davidson's top scoring options, defensive stoppers and playmakers. Brooks, a double-double machine, hopes to help the Wildcats' rebounding prowess, which should create more offensive opportunities.
Either way, both plan to make their mark at Davidson.
"This is a unique and special opportunity for both of us - both academically and athletically," said Downing . "We hope to make a big impact here on both the school and the team by the time we are done. DeMon and I are very close, so I think doing it together makes it a lot better."