Status: UK target
Forward | 6-7 | 190
School: La Lumiere (Ind.)
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.
Keion Brooks was one of the very first players in the 2019 recruiting class to land a scholarship offer from Kentucky, and he’s remained on the Wildcats’ radar ever since.
The versatile forward plays bigger than his 6-7, 190-pound frame would suggest. He has a 6-11 wing span, great instincts around the ball and uses his body well against bigger opponents. His game can also stretch to the perimeter, and he told the Herald-Leader in the spring that John Calipari had pitched a plan to use him as a big wing player in the mold of Kevin Knox, who led the Cats in scoring and was second on the team in rebounds during the 2017-18 season.
Brooks is a native of Indiana, and the home-state Hoosiers have made a major push to keep him close for college. His other finalists are Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina, Purdue and UCLA.
He has not yet said whether he will sign with a college in the fall or wait until later in the process to make a final decision.
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Brooks earned all-Nike league second-team honors after averaging 21.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game this past spring. He averaged 22.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game as a high school junior.
“He’s pitching me on being a big guard. Kind of like Kevin Knox — being able to move all over the floor and just be versatile. A lot like Kevin played this past year. He was able to shoot it on the perimeter. He would post smaller guys up and take bigger guys off the dribble. … I would love to do that.”