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UK freshman Keion Brooks’ weakness could be setting the “bar too high” for himself

Keion Brooks Jr. (USA Basketball Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky freshman Keion Brooks Jr. has had a knack for making big shots at the biggest moments during his career. That’s also an attribute John Calipari and his staff like.

“Keion has worked on shooting the ball from different spots on the floor from all kind of different angles,” the player’s father, Keion Brooks Sr., said.

“If he has a weakness, it might be that he sometimes sets the bar too high. He’s almost a basketball perfectionist who is never satisfied with what he has done.

“He wants to do things right no matter what it is,” Brooks’ father said. “He’s also wondering if this was the right play, right decision. He wants to be the guy you look at to make sure he’s doing it the right way. He holds himself to a high standard. He tries to reach his goals and not allow situations to still by him because of something he could not control.

“Sometimes he feels he should have done more. He always wants it to be the right way. He doesn’t want to be in a situation where he did something (in a game) and then sees he should not have done it e wants to the situation where we did and not should have done it. If he can continue to have that mentality and really understand the game like that it will only help him grow more as a person and player.”

Could the spotlight at UK consume a player who sets such a high bar for himself because every move will be scrutinized by fans and media?

“He is a kid that will not look for the spotlight. However, he knows it will be there,” Brooks Sr. said. “He is a kid that has had some experience on AAU and high school level with that. I do knot know that he understands the magnitude yet of what it will be like during the season.

“But it will never be about him. It will always be about the Big Blue Nation with him because more than anything, he wants to win.”

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  1. Thank you for this great story. You know I am constantly impressed by the parents of all of the recruits. You know the type of family always makes so much of an impact on the kids.

    Mr. Brooks, thank you for sharing. Welcome to BB!

    1. appreciate that Sarah. Love writing this type of story, too

  2. I can hardly wait to see him hit the floor for the Big Blue. I still can’t believe we got him…really a great looking athlete.

    1. I am with you on that

  3. Brooks and Juzang will be Calipari’s chosen ones and that will take us to another second weekend exit from the Big Dance. As good as those two are, they can’t do it alone, but Calipari’s offense will be geared for that.

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