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Making “tough shots” is what Kentucky freshman Keion Brooks Jr. does best

Keion Brooks Jr. (USA Basketball Photo)


If McDonald’s All-American and Washington signee Isaiah Stewart is right about high school teammate Keion Brooks Jr., Kentucky basketball fans are really going to like what the 6-7 freshman does this season.

“To me he is definitely one of the best players in the (2019 recruiting) class. He can do it all,” Stewart said.

They were teammates at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., and played in the GEICO High School Nationals title game as seniors. Brooks averaged 20.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for La Lumiere last season.

“I played against this guy every day in practice one on one. I feel great about his chances at Kentucky,” Stewart said. “Coach Cal is going to work with him, KP (Kenny Payne) is going to work with him every day to get him to where he wants to be.

“Definitely feel like he has that game that translates easily to the next level. I love playing with him as a teammate and he is just a beast.”

What does the five-star wing player do best?

“Makes tough shots,” Stewart said with no hesitation. “You can guard him as hard as you can and he will rise up and still hit that shot.

“You can spend 20 seconds on the shot clock guarding him and he still hits that shot. He is like a heart-crusher because there is nothing you can do to stop him and he just breaks your heart with the shots he makes when you think you have him stopped.”



  1. I like the sound of that. Stewart is no slouch player himself. I envision Brooks and Sestina splitting time as stretch 4’s. Nick and EJ will share minutes at the 5 spot…it will be interesting to see who breaks out at this position. Whitney and Allen will man the 3 spot…if Allen is healthy, I give him the nod to start. Quickley and Juzang will compete for minutes at the 2 spot and Hagans and Maxey will split time at point. One through ten, this is a solid team but with Calipari, only two will emerge as guess is Brooks and Juzang will get that nod. If healthy, Allen will assume Keldon Johnson’s role, if not, Maxey is the next best bet to be the third musketeer. Everyone else will be relegated to lesser roles…much to the chagrin of their NBA aspirations. I see this team sharing an SEC season title, winning the SEC tournament, and losing in a final eight game in overtime….again.

  2. I think we are set without Blackshear…his game doesn’t fit with how Cal selected this group-just MHO. Our guard play should be excellent with Allen, Maxey, Quickley, and Juzang providing the 3pt fire power. Love the athleticism of Hagans, Brooks and Whitney-wow! Sestina, Richards, and Montgomery will surprise a lot of people this year. With the way the football team is coming on, it should be one hell of a ride again this year for both sports-Go Cats.

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