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BREAKING: Keion Brooks Jr. will return to Kentucky for a sophomore season

Kentucky forward Keion Brooks Jr. is officially back for a sophomore season.

In an interview with Chris Fisher of The Cats Pause, the 6-foot-7 forward’s father, Keion Brooks Sr., said his son will be returning to Kentucky,

“Yes, [Keion is returning],” Brooks Sr. told The Cats Pause. “We’re still in the process of getting feedback but we know what we’re going to do as far as coming back. That’s more for how to get better and improve on what they’re looking for as far as the next level.”

In his first season in Lexington, Brooks Jr. averaged 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds to go with 47.2% shooting overall in 15.1 minutes per game. To close out the year, though, the Fort Wayne, IN native finished with 10 points on 4-5 shooting and 2-2 from three in the regular-season finale at Florida, his fifth double-digit scoring performance of the year.

Following Brooks’ slow-but-steady growth throughout the year, the former five-star prospect’s father sees a significant sophomore jump for his son.

Players such as PJ Washington and Immanuel Quickley paved the path on how to make second-year leaps, and Brooks is prepared to follow down a similar one.

“When we decided on Kentucky, that’s one of the things we were looking at. Everybody thinks Kentucky is one and done. You’re there for 11 months,” Brooks Sr. said “Looking at those guys shows you what Kentucky can really do for you. Those guys blew up on the back of what they did as freshmen. They learned how to fight, how to play hard and battle on every possession.

“Immanuel Quickley comes off bench to SEC Player of the Year. PJ Washington goes on to become a lottery pick. It shows development. It shows that they’re putting in a lot of work with the kids. I watched Immanuel work his butt off. Every time I was down there he was working his butt off. I talked to PJ’s dad throughout that season, same thing. That’s the difference and the sky’s the limit for [Keion].”

Last week, Calipari announced on the SEC Network that five Wildcats would be testing the NBA Draft waters.

Though he sought out feedback from NBA teams, we can now confirm Brooks Jr. is looking forward to a return to Lexington.

(The Cats Pause)

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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28 Comments for BREAKING: Keion Brooks Jr. will return to Kentucky for a sophomore season

  1. 4everUKBlue
    12:19 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    Glad to have you back Keion, can’t wait to see you take some big steps forward.

  2. bigblue98
    12:56 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    Fantastic news! Welcome back – go be a leader for the young guys and bring home #9.

  3. ClutchCargo
    12:57 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    Once he develops an offensive game, look out. Solid choice, and it’s great to see the adults in his life having his best interest in mind.

  4. BlueWildcat_99
    2:11 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    Looks like Keion is getting good advice from his old man. *I have some inside information: not all of our players are getting good feedback from their parents! I doubt anyone knows what (or who) I’m speaking of. :/

    • JASUN74
      10:53 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

      Very brave of you to share the big news about yourself buddy. Congratulations on being a legend. Wow. Hey everyone, we have an insider here! Don’t be a tool!

  5. tdub
    4:21 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    Good to see his family putting their sons future first before their own. Glad to have him here.

  6. CahillsCrossingNT
    4:59 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    Good decision. It will pay off in the long run.

  7. zoupman
    6:57 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    Starting to think their won’t even be a season next year. This made in China virus is only going away in China?

    • CatsfaninFL
      7:42 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

      Not hardly. They shut a state down last week because of an outbreak there. Also, I wouldn’t believe a thing they output anyway. They’re notoriously bad at controlling what news makes it out of their country.

  8. UKFanSC
    7:01 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    Never remotely assumed otherwise, but good to see it’s official

  9. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    7:04 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    Saw where Evan Daniels said Brooks Sr. Is The Godfather of the grad transfer that just committed to Louisville, Carlik Jones. Small world.

  10. millertim
    7:32 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    Thank you Keion! Your experience and potential growth will be a MUST for next year’s youth! Be the mismatch nightmare you were always projected to be!!

  11. IrishCat
    7:46 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    Can’t wait to see him in action as a sophomore! Go ahead and pencil in 30+ minutes, mostly as a small ball 4 w/ Clark and Boston, good luck guarding all 3 of those guys…

  12. UKFanSC
    8:01 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    We should expect precisely the same thing out of EJ Montgomery, assuming he has a realistic grasp of his NBA readiness. There is also a buzz that Nick Richards may return for one more year. If we are able to add those two to what we have coming in we should have a phenomenal chance at number nine next year

  13. UKFanSC
    8:05 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    If EJ Montgomery returns, and he should, the team next year will be stacked

    • CJKAssassin123
      8:53 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

      He won’t.

  14. Fitz
    8:24 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    I must have missed something. Was there any doubt Brooks would be leaving?

    • KaliforniaKat
      9:14 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

      I think we were about to see what Keion was capable of in the tourney… to me, he was the final piece to the puzzle to us bringing down #9… we were so freakin’ close!

  15. UKLugo
    8:41 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    Make hay in the weight room, Youngblood. If he’s ready to take this thing seriously, we will see it. He’ll start developing his body.

    • UKFanSC
      10:57 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

      Amen. That skill set in a Mashburnish body would be, well, Mashburnish

  16. dave1964
    9:36 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    Very refreshing to have these kids parents pushing them down the correct path.

  17. Swizzle
    9:52 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    Great news I hope privately at least cal is telling ej and his moron dad. He isnt ready either. Unless half a g league salary is his dream job.

  18. Gazza
    10:26 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    Great news. Now if only EJ Montgomery will stay 1 more year to develop. He can learn from the list of others leaving early: Danial Orton, Isaiah Briscoe, Dakari Johnson, the Harrison Twins, …. please add to the list

  19. VirginiaCat
    10:33 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    Who would have thought at the beginning of the season, that in all likelihood, Brooks would be the only experience player to return.

  20. dave1964
    10:35 am April 7, 2020 Permalink

    Only way we have a chance at #9 is if Richards comes back EJ is a not factor either way or we get a really good grad transfer.

    • Corder
      5:18 pm April 7, 2020 Permalink

      People said the same thing about Richards and not look at him. EJ should come back but prolly won’t and if he does why are so many people set to write him off as a non factor. People like you want kids to play three or four years yet say these kids are nothing if they don’t do it right away.

  21. sharpshooter81
    12:25 pm April 7, 2020 Permalink

    @Swizzle–couldn’t agree more on the EJ part. Quickley better do the same thing and return or he will be a G leaguer for this career too.