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Last-minute thoughts on Keion Brooks Jr. before the announcement

(Photo: Lopez/Nike)

(Photo: Lopez/Nike)

Today is the big day, BBN. Caught in the hype of the Kentucky’s quarterfinal matchup with Alabama in the SEC Tournament is a pretty major recruiting decision for UK forward target Keion Brooks Jr.

At 8:00 p.m. ET, the five-star prospect out of Fort Wayne, IN will be deciding between Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan State, and North Carolina at his former middle school, St. Paul’s Lutheran School, live on the CBS Sports HQ.

Before Brooks makes his announcement, I wanted to post a few last-minute notes on the 6-foot-8 forward’s decision, late rumors, and what Kentucky fans should expect.

To get things started, as reported by 247 Sports, Indiana signee Trayce Jackson-Davis will be at Brooks’ announcement this evening. Some fans are reading into this as a positive sign for Indiana, but I’m told this has nothing to do with the destination itself. It’s just a longtime friend supporting another longtime friend on his big day (think Matt Elam attending Damien Harris’ announcement back in 2015). As recently as last week, Jackson-Davis has been outspoken about his confidence in Brooks joining him in Bloomington, but his decision to make the trip to Fort Wayne has no correlation to the final destination.

As far as the date and time of the announcement itself, I will also remind folks that this was set up before Kentucky’s quarterfinal matchup was established, so again, don’t read anything into the game and decision overlapping. The Big Ten Tournament is also going on right now, as is the ACC Tournament, so each of the other schools Brooks is considering could have also potentially played at the time of the announcement.

In terms of what has happened between my insider notes on Monday and right now, the biggest bit of news I can confirm is that Kentucky head coach John Calipari visited Brooks in Fort Wayne on Tuesday, followed by Archie Miller popping in on Wednesday. At this point, I’m told that while the elite prospect may have been leaning toward one school, a final decision was not made at the conclusion of either meeting. That moment came at some point over the last 48 hours.

I believe the coaching staffs were told the decision today, though I can’t confirm this quite yet. I was told earlier in the week that they would all find out at some point on Friday, so I expect this to still be the case. (No, this isn’t a Terrence Jones situation where he’ll be picking a school at the time of the announcement.) Barring something crazy over the next hour or so, I am under the assumption that Brooks knows where he is going to school.

Over the last three weeks in my insider notes, I have said that Kentucky maintained a slight lead and felt they would be the final destination. Today, I learned even more information that makes me feel even stronger about my UK prediction. I won’t dive into it too much until the announcement is made, but the Big Blue Nation should tune in…

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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