Status: UK commitment
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 announced his commitment to the Cats in March.
Brooks — a native of Fort Wayne, Ind. — ultimately chose Kentucky over home-state Indiana, turning down a chance to play for the Hoosiers to instead suit up for their longtime rivals. UK Coach John Calipari sold Brooks early in the process on being able to play a Kevin Knox-type role in Lexington — using his versatility to take advantage of mismatches and score in a variety of ways. Brooks is also longtime friends with five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey, the Cats’ first commitment for the 2019 class.
After navigating through a recruitment that also included scholarship offers from North Carolina, Michigan State, UCLA and several other top programs, Brooks will come to UK with expectations of being an instant contributor, though he could also be a multi-year player in college, adding some more continuity to Calipari’s roster moving forward.
Brooks will be eligible to officially sign with the Cats in April.
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.”