By LARRY VAUGHT
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.”