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What I’m hearing: UK may have fallen behind with 2019 five-star target

I’ll have more on the Monday Insider Notes, but on Friday night I heard some not-so-great news regarding UK target Keion Brooks.

Brooks is the 6-foot-8, 185-pound shooting guard from Fort Wayne, Ind. I have always thought UK has led for Brooks and that he would end up in Lexington, but it may not be all blue for Brooks.

Rivals National Analysts predicted where the top five-star targets in the country would play their college basketball. Three of the four experts had Brooks going to Indiana. The other had the UK target ending up at Michigan State.

Brooks seems to be focused strictly on UK, IU, MSU, UofL, Michigan, UNC and Iowa (recently just visited the Hawkeyes), but after hearing all four Rivals analyst didn’t think Brooks would end up at UK I reached out to some AAU sources and people that know more about UK’s chances.

Those close to UK basketball aren’t concerned. Not at this early stage in his recruitment. Kentucky still figures to be at or near the top and Brooks is expected to officially visit Kentucky this fall.

But those on the AAU circuit seemed to speculate that Indiana leads for Brooks. Archie Miller will have some pressure this year to win and improve Romeo Langford’s draft spot, but just landing the in-state target sent a powerful message to other Indiana recruits. Brooks supposedly has taken notice and location could be a factor.

I’m not giving up on UK’s chances for Brooks. I still think the Cats are in a solid spot (maybe not the leader, but in a solid spot). However, this was a recruitment I thought could be (somewhat) easy for UK, but I’m not so sure that’s the case anymore.

One thing to remember is the Cats have only offered one wing in 2019. That would be Brooks. UK fans should start to panic (regarding Brooks recruitment) when Kentucky’s staff starts offering other wings. There are plenty of talented players that play a similar position, including Kentuckian Dontaie Allen, who hasn’t been offered by Kentucky.

Again, we’ll have more on Monday, but the pesky Hoosiers will be a major player for Brooks.


Article written by TJ Walker

6 Comments for What I’m hearing: UK may have fallen behind with 2019 five-star target

  1. henderblue
    5:18 pm July 7, 2018 Permalink

    Makes no sense to me why anyone would go to IU if UK was knocking on their door.

  2. damage_control
    5:22 pm July 7, 2018 Permalink

    Oh well- can’t get em all

  3. Megan
    5:43 pm July 7, 2018 Permalink

    If those close to UK basketball aren’t concerned, you shouldn’t be either.

    • Catuary
      5:56 pm July 7, 2018 Permalink

      KSR is all just click bait until football season starts.

    • KYcats11
      11:17 pm July 7, 2018 Permalink

      Not really. I think those close to him would know more about him than those close to UK. But I guess that’s just me.

  4. ukkatzfan
    11:29 pm July 7, 2018 Permalink

    UK is in good shape with his recruitment. Now you can go write that you are reading UK is in good shape with his recruitment.