Keion Brooks Sr. spoke with Kentucky Sports Radio for an exclusive interview following his son’s Thursday afternoon Peach Jam game. Keion Brooks Jr. is a 6-foot-8, 185-pound wing that holds an offer from Kentucky.
Brooks finished with 12 points and nine rebounds on Wednesday and we’re still waiting for Thursday’s official stats.
KSR: On Keion’s performance the first two games.
Keion Brooks Sr.: He hasn’t been himself, but to split games and get one win out of two games we’re looking at it as that. He’ll get better and better, he just needs to find his way of figuring some things out right now. They’re doing some different things defensively to him, and he’s trying to get the ball to his teammates and relying on his teammates. The more and more he does that and we’ll be OK.
KSR: On him looking a little frustrated.
Keion Brooks Sr.: He’s kinda a little banged up. That’s where the frustration is coming from him. He’s trying to play through tendinitis right now. That in itself is causing some of his frustration. He’s not feeling 100 percent, but that’s part of the game. You’re not playing 100 percent a lot of the time, so it’s just one of them times where he has to learn to fight through and find other ways of getting it done.
KSR: On handling all the coaches watching.
Keion Brooks Sr.: No, I don’t think that has anything to do with it. He just wants to win. He wants to be the best for his teammates. He’s really just trying to do what it takes to win the ballgame. I don’t think it has anything to do with any coaches. He’s been dealing with that for the last couple years now, he’s just trying to do the things he needs to do to help his team win.
KSR: On your mindset for the recruiting process.
Keion Brooks Sr.: I want him to be able to enjoy the time as he’s going through it and not have the pressure put on him to feel like it’s something he has to do over night or anything like that. It’s still a busy time, but at the same time it’s a good busy. It’s things that kids wish growing up they could be in a position like that. To be able to enjoy it and take it in stride is my message.
KSR: On UK’s pitch.
Keion Brooks Sr.: They’ve been great. They really like what he does. They want to make him a versatile player and allow him to do different things on the court. They want to make him better and that’s one of the pitches to him. Even though he’s at this level they want to take him to another level.
KSR: On what’s appealing about Calipari’s track record.
Keion Brooks Sr.: Coach Cal does a great job getting his guy prepared for the next level. Anytime you get the opportunity to learn from a guy like him is mind-boggling and to think a guy like that is trying to help you, you know? His track record to do what he’s done, taking them from high school and getting them prepared is very appealing. We’re really looking into a lot of what they’re doing and he’s doing a great job.
KSR: On if he plans on officially visiting UK.
Keion Brooks Sr.: Yes, we sure will. We sure will. Definitely. We will definitely be doing that. We’re just trying to figure it out and get it all together.
KSR: On visiting for Big Blue Madness.
Keion Brooks Sr.: Maybe. We’re not sure the date.
KSR: On if location matters because of all the Big 10 schools on his list.
Keion Brooks Sr.: I don’t think that will really matter. He’s going to go where he feels it’s the best fit for him. We want him to grow and we want him to reach his goals he’s trying to reach. From a young age he’s played all over, so he doesn’t have to be near home. I think it will be the best fit at the end of the day.