By LARRY VAUGHT
He might not be Kentucky’s highest rated signee in the 2019 recruiting class, but 6-7 Keion Brooks, a five-star player from La Lumier in Indiana, certainly was impressive in the Jordan Brand Classic in Las Vegas.
He had 15 points, six rebounds and two steals in 14 minutes to help his team win the all-star showcase.
His play came as no surprise to Rivals.com recruiting writer Krysten Peek.
“The best thing about Keion as a player is he improves each and every time I see him. From the fall into the winter when I saw him at the Hoophall Classic, he looked stronger, his shot selection was better and he was faster in transition,” Peek said. “He finished with 25 points that game and was the MVP on a pretty stacked La Lumiere team.
She anticipates his best position in college will be on the wing but knows with the Kentucky roster he may have to play more power forward next year in the role that PJ Washington has filled the last two years.
“Brooks does have the size in his 6-7 frame so he has the capability to play the four. It will be interesting to see how the minutes are split,” Peek said. “Brooks is more of a hybrid guard, stretch four player so he can spread the floor in a small ball lineup and with his 6-7 build, defend the low post on the defensive side.
“I believe every freshman entering college basketball out of high school struggles with the same thing and that’s the tempo of the game. Keion is no different and it will take some time to adjust to the speed of the game particularly in the SEC. But overall he will be fine.”