Senior Men’s Basketball athlete Brooks Mallory serves as a great role model for the team


Photo contributed by Logan Bury

Brooks Mallory drives to the basket looking to score and put the Kingsmen on the board.

Antonio Valle-Lobjois, Sports Editor

Senior Kingsmen guard Brooks Mallory has appeared in seven games to begin the season, averaging 4.9 points per game while shooting 45% from the 3-point line. 

Mallory is an accounting major looking to pursue a Masters’ degree in accounting next year. He wishes to continue his  education by receiving his CPA certification to later work for an accounting firm. He plans to stay in California for the rest of his academic journey. 

Mallory, born and raised in Tustin, California has played basketball for as long as he can remember. His passion for the game began in his early teen years into high school. He enjoyed the competitiveness and the work ethic needed to be a good player. 

“I just love going out there and competing and try to get better everyday. I try to get better on the court, and get better as a teammate,” Mallory said. 

Mallory comes from a basketball family as his twin sister, Cameron is a member of the Regals basketball team. Mallory said that he remembers all the trash talk and fun they had growing up playing against each other and it has now led them to play at the collegiate level. 

“We’re super close. We’ve always pushed each other really hard. Back in middle school we would have the hoop in the street and just go one on one and have shooting competitions until the end of the day. We would talk a little bit of trash but have fun though,” Mallory said. 

Growing up Mallory said some of his role models were his parents. He said his dad is someone he has always looked up to. 

“My dad has been a huge role model for me. He played two years of basketball in college. He’s taught me everything, like the work ethic needed in basketball and how it translates to life after basketball. I talk to him almost everyday if not every week and he’s always pushing me to do better,” Mallory said. 

An athlete that Mallory has loved to watch is Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson, who is known as a great shooter and defender and Mallory tries to instill that into his game. 

“He’s a guy that obviously can shoot the ball really well but also plays great defense. It’s not my game but it is similar to how I play the game. I shoot the three and play defense. Defense is one of my favorite aspects of the game,” Mallory said. 

Last season, the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in the team only playing a handful of games. Now, crowds are back and Mallory said that has been a time he had been waiting for. 

“They just bring a great energy and atmosphere to the gym that we had been waiting for and we got a taste of that in our first games which were at the tournament in Chicago,” Mallory said. 

So far on the season Mallory and the Kingsmen have gotten off to a  7-1 start and recently beat their conference opponent, Occidental but lost to Chapman which set their record for the conference at 1-1. 

Head Coach Russell White describes Mallory as someone who is easy to coach and it has been a joy to coach him. Along with being a coachable athlete, White said that Mallory as well as Charles Lee serve as role models on the team for the younger athletes since they have been a part of the program for the past four years. 

“They are role models on and off the court and they handle their business in the classroom. Although Brooks is not a captain, he does lead by example. He understands that he has a job and a role as a senior and he does it,” White said. 

Looking back on his decision to attend California Lutheran University, Mallory said he chose Cal Lutheran four years ago because of the academics and the community. 

“I remember when I was being recruited and walking around campus seeing how friendly everybody was. Cal Lutheran had a lot to offer with athletics, academics, the location was great and you can’t really beat the facilities out here as well,” Mallory said. 

The next time that Mallory and the Kingsmen host a home game will be on Friday, Dec. 17 against Loras College at 5 p.m.