Keion Brooks Jr., has noticeably been absent in recent practice videos and photos, and we came to find out that Brooks has been out for the last few weeks with an injury.
On Monday, John Calipari confirmed that Brooks has been out, and that Brooks had suffered a leg Injury and will be at least a few more weeks.
“He’s been hurt. He’s hurt his leg,” Cal said. “I think he’s going to be out a couple more weeks. So I’m literally on the court with all new guys. Every day I see him I’m like ‘how long?’ We need him back.”
With the 2020-21 season set to begin at the end of November, Brooks is missing valuable practice time as he looks to carve out a significant role for what’s projected to be a preseason top-10 Kentucky team.
Brooks is a key piece to this years team, as he is the only returning player from last season’s team that logged any minutes. Brooks averaged 15 minutes per game and chipped in 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
“We need his leadership. We need his basketball sense. We need his knowledge of what these kids are going to face,” Calipari said. “You have Olivier and Davion and Keion would be vets. Everyone else, they think they know, but they don’t. Keion is a big piece of what we do, but he has not practiced. I believe he’s going to be out a couple more weeks.”
Calipari mentioned Olivier Sarr and Davion Mintz, who are both veteran players with experience in the collegiate game. Last season, Sarr averaged 14 points and 9 rebounds for Wake Forest, and Mintz, whose last season was 2018-2019, averaged 10 points and 3 assists for Creighton.