The momentum in the recruitment of five-star basketball prospect Keion Brooks appears to be shifting away from longtime favorite Indiana, and UK could be in line to take over that frontrunner status in the very near future.
Brooks, of course, visited Kentucky over the weekend and was sitting directly behind the UK bench — right next to Wildcats signee Dontaie Allen — for the team’s dismantling of No. 1 Tennessee in front of the best Rupp Arena crowd of the year Saturday night.
Indiana, meanwhile, has lost 10 of 11 games and sits near the bottom of the Big Ten standings in Archie Miller’s second season as head coach. Brooks also cancelled a visit to Michigan State that was set for Sunday, unable to make the trip to the early afternoon game in East Lansing after watching the Cats play late Saturday night.
Even before this past weekend, there were rumblings that Indiana was slipping as Brooks’ favorite. He’s been one of UK’s top targets in the class of 2019 since the beginning of the cycle, and five-star point guard signee Tyrese Maxey — a longtime friend — mentioned Brooks over the summer as the player he was recruiting to Lexington the hardest.
Though no timetable has been set for a college decision, such an announcement could come at any time, and it will be interesting to watch the predictions of national experts over the next few days. There were a handful of switched predictions on Brooks’ Crystal Ball page toward the end of the weekend — including one pro-UK pick from a Michigan State insider — but, as of noon Monday, no national recruiting analysts had changed their picks from Indiana to Kentucky. His Rivals.com Future Cast page also sat at 100 percent Indiana as of noon Monday.
It should be noted that 247Sports national analysts Evan Daniels and Brian Snow never made a prediction on Brooks’ recruitment, nor did Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi, so those recruiting experts have no picks to change. If they — or any other top experts — put in a pick for UK, it will be updated here.
Bossi did address the subject in his Monday morning notes: “We’re not quite ready to name Kentucky a leader, but from the sounds of it they took a big step forward in Brooks recruitment and they could be looking better than thought as Brooks’ recruitment winds down,” he wrote.
Brooks’ father also tweeted about his son’s recruiting timetable early Monday afternoon.
“It’s not over but getting close!” wrote Keion Brooks Sr. “Recruiting doesn’t start until the parents and player start asking all the hard questions. #noFluff.”
Whatever happens, this recruitment is now a lot more interesting that it was just one week ago.