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Keion Brooks visiting Kentucky for Tennessee game

Major news on the recruiting trail as Keion Brooks is believed to be making his decision soon.

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As Keion Brooks nears a decision, Kentucky is making a push to secure his commitment.

According to Chris Fisher of Cats Pause, Brooks will make his way to Lexington for an unofficial visit for Kentucky’s clash with the Tennessee Volunteers. He joins an already-stacked list of recruits visiting, which includes BJ Boston, Kennedy Chandler and Justin Powell.

There’s no question, however, that Brooks is the most important visitor this weekend, as his college decision is believed to be coming in the weeks ahead. The Indiana Hoosiers have gotten most of the buzz lately, while Kentucky seemed to be competing for second place along with the Michigan State Spartans and North Carolina Tar Heels.

The fact that Brooks is visiting suggests Kentucky has a real shot at landing the five-star forward out of Indiana. I would still pick the Hoosiers to win out, but this is a clear sign that Kentucky cannot be discounted whenever the decision is made.

Kentucky is still in the running for fellow 2019 forward Jaden McDaniels, who, like Brooks, is more of a wing-type player. Kentucky is almost certainly losing Keldon Johnson and likely Tyler Herro, so there could be a big role for Brooks there if he comes.

And while Kentucky already has a pledge from five-star forward Kahlil Whitney, he’s physical and long enough (7-0 wingspan) to play the 4 in college. Brooks does measure in at 6-8. so he too could sneak in some minutes at the 4.

A small-ball lineup of Tyrese Maxey, Immanuel Quickley, Brooks, Whitney and one of Nick Richards/EJ Montgomery would be hard to defend next season, and that’s not even counting the potential for Ashton Hagans to return and have Quickley come off the bench.

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