After settling in on a tough overtime loss to Seton Hall yesterday in Madison Square Garden, John Calipari is right back at it on the recruiting trail as he attended the FORUM Tipoff Classic in Southport, Indiana.
Calipari was there for mainly two reasons and they are Isaiah Stewart and Keion Brooks, both of which are Class of 2019 prospects.
Kentucky coach John Calipari just arrived at the @FORUMTipoff. UK recruiting five-star Isaiah Stewart and five-star Keion Brooks.— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) December 9, 2018
Stewart is a five-star center, and Brooks is a five-star forward that both currently play for La Lumiere High School. They are both highly talented recruits that would fit in well with the rest of the 2019 class, especially Stewart, because currently Kentucky doesn’t have a commit from a big in the Class of 2019.
Both Stewart and Brooks have Kentucky on their lists of schools, though Indiana looks like the favorite for Brooks, while it’s unclear who leads for Stewart. After Kentucky missed out on both James Wiseman (Memphis) and Vernon Carey (Duke), Stewart might become more interested in the Wildcats. More than likely, Kentucky will be losing at least two, maybe even three of their current big men next year, and then there would be a space for Stewart to start and have a major role that helps him become a high NBA Draft pick in 2020.
With Brooks, he is an absolutely athletic wingman that can stretch the floor because of his size at 6-7. Even though Kentucky has two recruits already for the Class of 2019 that are capable of playing the three spot in Kahlil Whitney and Dontaie Allen, it wouldn’t hurt to have another in Brooks.
It also couldn’t hurt that both Stewart and Brooks have had experience playing together at the high school level. It’s good to see Kentucky is keeping a close eye on there players, as one or both of them could make their college decisions soon.