Going into the summer, Keion Brooks was one of the higher priorities among Kentucky’s targets for the 2019 class. Now, that trail seems to have dusted away.
After the expeditious commitments of forwards Kahlil Whitney and Dontaie Allen, the focus for John Calipari has seemed to shift away from Brooks, who is now considered a heavy Indiana lean with Michigan State behind. This was recently reported by Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader.
The 247 Sports crystal ball also has Indiana getting most of the picks and none for Kentucky. A recent Rivals roundtable also had four experts pick either Indiana or Michigan State with no picks for Kentucky.
Brooks is also planning to cut his list to six soon, and Kentucky probably makes that cut.
The Hoosiers have had the highest advantage for the Fort Wayne native for the most part of his recruiting journey. Kentucky remained in play for Brooks in most part due to Tyrese Maxey, who spent a lot of time talking to Brooks during last summer’s Nike EYBL cycle.
More focus on Kentucky’s side has been shifted to more point guards and bug, physical centers to better compliment Maxey and Whitney. A recent rising in Kentucky’s chances with recruits such as Vernon Carey and Cole Anthony could likely have been in correlation with Brooks beginning to lean closer with Indiana.
Kahlil Whitney’s commitment could also have easily been the catalyst of Brooks’ interest with Kentucky. Brooks is a lengthy, lead scorer from the small forward spot at 6’6”. Whitney’s recent rising in recruit rankings solidifies that the lead-scoring role from the wing is going to belong to Whitney when he arrives in Lexington.
Kentucky also has a commitment from Dontaie Allen, another talented wing who also had a better summer than Brooks.
It also can’t be understated that after getting a hometown prodigy in Romeo Langford that Archie Miller has legitimate standing in landing in-state recruits in Indiana. The Brooks pairing there simply makes too much sense.