Keion Brooks ‘fascinated’ by Calipari’s knowledge

 Posted by at 8:18 PM on January 5, 2019
Jan 052019


More than two months removed from his official visit to UK, five-star basketball prospect Keion Brooks is still undecided in his recruitment.

Brooks — a 6-foot-7 wing from Fort Wayne, Ind. — joined the Tipton Edits Instagram page Friday night, and he had great things to say about the Wildcats’ program and his trip to Lexington in October.

“The main thing I pulled away from that was just how great of a basketball mind that Coach Cal is,” Brooks said. “We were sitting at breakfast, and he was still trying to figure out stuff he was going to do in practice. … I was just fascinated by how smart he is.”

Brooks also said that UK’s first commitment for the 2019 class — point guard Tyrese Maxey, a longtime friend — has been in regular contact with him, and he’s also stayed in touch with Wildcats star freshman Keldon Johnson, who was Brooks’ host on the UK official visit. Calipari has been to his school twice and attended one game over the past couple of months.

“His message is Kentucky isn’t built for everybody, but he feels like I’m built for Kentucky. I have an edge about myself,” Brooks said. “You know, iron sharpens iron, so I just feel like — me going there — I could really achieve my dreams of going to the NBA, and possibly winning a national championship.”

Indiana remains the leader on Brooks’ Crystal Ball page, and the Hoosiers already have a commitment from five-star recruit Trayce Jackson-Davis, who played with Brooks on the Nike circuit. The two are close friends and took their official visit to IU together in September.

“It was crazy,” Brooks said of that trip, noting fans were chanting his name throughout the visit.” I have never experienced anything like that in my life.”

He has also taken official visits to North Carolina and UCLA, and said Michigan State will get his fifth and final official visit, if he decides to take one before making a college decision.

That decision could be coming soon, though Brooks — the No. 13 overall player in the 247Sports rankings — does not have a date scheduled just yet.

“It’s still kind of up in the air,” he said. “But I don’t want to drag it out too much longer. I feel like I’m getting close to almost making a decision. I just still have to figure some things out, ask some more questions to figure it out. I’m not going to drag it out all the way to April — definitely not that.”


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