By LARRY VAUGHT
He’s only played in one exhibition game but freshman Keion Brooks Jr. says not to doubt that he’s a better player already than when he got to Kentucky.
“I’m definitely a lot faster with the ball off the catch. In high school I was able to hold the ball for forever and take my time at my size and do what I wanted to do with it,” Brooks said. “Now I have to be ready to think on the fly and overall think faster on the court.”
Brooks thinks Kentucky fans will like the way he plays.
“I might not look it, but I’m going to play hard and I’m going to go out and compete every possession,” Brooks said. “That’s what the coaches expect from me. That’s what my teammates expect from me. So I’m going to go out and make sure I play hard every possession.”
Brooks says not to assume he is not a physical player.
“You can look at me and tell I’m a skinny kid. I put on some weight, but at the same time I just don’t – I don’t look like a bruiser, do I? But I’m going to go out and play hard and compete every time down,” Brooks said.
He’s also doing that daily in practice. Sometimes he goes against sophomore EJ Montgomery. Other times it is freshman Kahlil Whitney.
“I think it’s good for me being able to bang down low with EJ and him making me better and I’m pushing him as well. Also, with playing the three, me and Kahlil and our versality (are) making it hard for each other every time down,” Brooks said.