Five-star small forward Keion Brooks is getting close to making a decision, and the Kentucky Wildcats are one of the final four schools in contention.
The final list? Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, and Michigan State.
After finishing with 25 points and eight rebounds in his La Lumiere team’s victory this past weekend in the Hoophall Classic, the versatile 6-foot-8 forward broke down the schools on his list with Eric Bossi of Rivals.com:
Forward | 6-8 | 195 lbs.
La Porte, IN | La Lumiere
AAU: Spiece Indy Heat
|ESPN||No. 38 | 9 PF||Top247||No. 13 | 4 SF|
|Rivals||No. 27 | 4 PF||247 Comp.||No. 22 | 5 SF|
With Kentucky, Brooks says John Calipari’s pitch is focused on his ability to help the Wildcats win a national championship before heading to the NBA.
“Kentucky’s pitch has been that they feel like I’m cut for Kentucky,” he told Bossi. “Not everybody is going to succeed but coach (John) Calipari feels that I’m one of the guys that can and he believes that I can go in and he can help me reach my dreams of going to the NBA by working together.”
This falls in line with what we have been reporting here at KSR on the Monday Insider Notes over the last few weeks. Sources tell KSR that while some players have been turned off by Calipari’s “Kentucky is not for everyone, shots and minutes aren’t promised” pitch as of late (one just turned down three blue-bloods to play out west), Brooks actually loves that mindset and the challenge that would come by playing at Kentucky.
As for Indiana, the apparent leader in Brooks’ recruitment at this time, the elite forward prospect actually says he doesn’t feel pressure to stay at home and play with his friends in Bloomington next season.
“I don’t feel any pressure at all because at the end of the day it’s still my decision,” he said. “(Indiana) got two good friends of mine in Trayce (Jackson-Davis) and Armon (Franklin) and they are two really good gets and in state guys. They stay on me a lot to come but I don’t feel any pressure because it’s what God has in the cards for me and it’s always going to be my decision at the end of the day.
North Carolina’s pitch? Minutes and basketball tradition.
“North Carolina is still wide open for me and they say I could go in and play major minutes,” he said. “Coach Roy (Williams) always says that they don’t have a player like me right now and also just the basketball tradition at North Carolina is very rich and that’s what they are pitching to me.”
With Michigan State, Brooks says his relationship with head coach Tom Izzo is “great,” something he appreciates.
“Michigan State, Coach (Tom) Izzo our relationship is great,” he said. “He’s promising me, well he hasn’t promised me anything but one thing he did say is that he is going to push me hard every day and that’s one thing that I really appreciate about him.”
Though he’s focused on just four schools and many recruiting analysts are expecting him to pull the trigger on a commitment in the coming weeks, Brooks says he has no timetable on a decision as of now.
“I’m getting down to the nitty gritty,” he said. “I still need to pray on it a little bit more and talk to my mom and dad and the rest of my family members. After that it’s whatever God has in the cards for me, that’s what I’m going to do. … I don’t have any timetable.”
In the meantime, watch his most recent highlight tape here: