By LARRY VAUGHT
What is Kentucky freshman Keion Brooks Jr. like away from the basketball court?
Former La Lumiere School teammate Isaiah Stewart says Brooks is a bit different — but not in a bad way.
“Off the court he is just a quiet, humble dude. He’s definitely an old soul, and I love that about him,” Stewart said. “He loves listening to old music, some of that old-time hip hop. I listen to Reggae and NBA YoungBoy and he will be listening to Fantasia or something like that.
“He put me on to that old school music, though. I was like, ‘Man, I have not heard this since I was like 8 years old. How do you know all these songs?” But I love him and wish him the best at Kentucky.”
Kentucky coach John Calipari and his staff did its best to get Stewart, a 6-9 five-star power forward, to join the Wildcats but he signed with Washington.
“KP (Kenny Payne), coach Cal are great people. I have nothing but great things to say about them. When I see them, it’s all love,” Stewart said. “I know KP is going to work Keion so hard to make him accomplish his goals. A lot of people don’t see what KP does but he is a great dude, great guy. I am always willing to accept a great dude like that.
“I just liked coach Hop (Mike Hopkins) and the energy he brings. I told him I would run through a brick wall for him. Nothing against Kentucky. I just liked coach Hop.
“They have some great dudes at Kentucky. Kahlil (Whitney) can do it all. Good dude, too. Same with Tyrese Maxey. They should be really good next year.”