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Monday Quickies: Keion Brooks Watch (?) Edition

Kentucky is making a late push for the five-star wing as his decision nears.

Doug McSchooler

Good morning BBN. Sorry for the late edition of the Quickies but my laptop decided to run diagnostics and I was left staring at my screen. Luckily I’m off of work today and I had nothing but time on my hands.

The big news today is that John Calipari may be close to landing the fourth recruit in the 2019 class. On Saturday, five star forward Keion Brooks was in Lexington to watch the Kentucky Wildcats take on the Tennessee Volunteers. He was treated to College Game Day, a wonderful crowd, NBA players galore, and John Calipari’s coaching ability on full display.

All indications were that he left very impressed with what he saw.

I reached out to some people about how the visit went. Curtis Burch of WLAP and TJ Walker formally of KSR both answered back indicating that Brooks may be close to becoming a Cat.

Curtis sent me this link.

It’s behind a paywall so if you want to read it you need a subscription or at least need to pony up some money. Basically the Brooks commitment may come this week. He canceled his visit to Michigan State yesterday. There are some reports that he canceled because of weather and there’s no plans right now to make it up but that’s just internet rumors at this point.

Keion Brooks has heavily favored as an Indiana Hoosier lock but with Archie Miller’s team losing 10 of 11 games and the failure of using a star like Romeo Langford, Brooks is looking elsewhere and Kentucky may be the spot.

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