Not only is Keion Brooks expected to be a leader for Kentucky this season, he will also be an advocate for players’ rights at the national level.
This morning, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced the formation of the NABC Player Development Coalition, a diverse collection of Division I men’s basketball student-athletes that will provide valuable perspective and feedback on college basketball issues. Brooks is one of the initial eleven members of the coalition, which will meet quarterly and have regular opportunities to address the NABC Board of Directors and NCAA committees. In addition to creating a vehicle for student-athletes to address current issues, the Player Development Coalition will also provide members with numerous professional and personal development experiences.
“The importance of the coalition is to make sure the players’ voices are heard because the players are what make the NCAA go,” Brooks said. “I also believe it’s important to educate players beyond basketball, with social justice issues and how to carry yourself as a professional.”
Also on the coalition: North Carolina’s Armando Bacot, Colorado’s Evan Battey, Brooks, Harvard’s Kale Catchings, Villanova’s Collin Gillespie, Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert, Michigan State’s Joshua Langford, Duke’s Wendell Moore Jr., TCU’s RJ Nembhard, Syracuse’s Bourama Sidibe and High Point’s John-Michael Wright.
“Our priority as coaches is to support student-athlete development both on and off the court,” said NABC Executive Director Craig Robinson. “As the NABC continues its advocacy and policy work on issues impacting our game, it’s vital that input from student-athletes be central to those efforts. Whether it’s NIL, transfer parameters, social justice, COVID-19 or a host of other important topics currently impacting college basketball, we will make sure student-athletes’ voices are heard.”
Brooks, the lone returning Kentucky Wildcat who logged meaningful minutes last season, appeared in all 31 games and made six starts. He averaged 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game, shooting 47.2% from the floor. He ended the season on a high note, contributing 10 points (including two threes) in Kentucky’s 18-point comeback at Florida. He also had 10 points and seven rebounds in the comeback at Arkansas, hitting key free throws late in the game.
Keep making us proud, Keion. Also keep giving us highlights like these from last week:
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