If you thought Keion Brooks looked a step slow in Kentucky’s win at Texas Tech, you’re right. According to John Calipari and Joel Justus, Brooks was suffering from an illness during Kentucky’s trip to the Lone Star State, which explains why he only played seven minutes and finished with zero points, zero rebounds, and a turnover.
“Keion, we found out, was sick,” Calipari said on his radio show last night. “He did not practice today. I said, ‘Were you sick yesterday?’ Because the staff said there was something wrong with him. I think he was sick going into the game, he wasn’t feeling good.”
“I think Keion Brooks was a little under the weather down in Lubbock,” Joel Justus told reporters this afternoon. “I think that he’s a guy that is going to be thrust a little more into that wing position, where he was playing a little bit like a stretch four.”
Thankfully, Nate Sestina was able to step in and contribute eight points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3PT), three rebounds, and a steal before fouling out after 21 minutes of play. Johnny Juzang only played eight minutes, but finished with five points, a rebound, and a steal.
“You got great minutes out of Nate Sestina the other night,” Justus added. “I think for us, our guys come into games and they’re all ready to play and I think you’re excited about Johnny, you’re excited about Keion, and those settings, really, when healthy — those guys have had some opportunities taken away from them by illness and I think you move forward in hopes that they’re all ready and we’re all healthy tomorrow night and moving forward.”