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Keion Brooks’ status uncertain for clash with Kansas

The Cats need their leader on the floor, but who knows when they will get him back.

NCAA Basketball: Bluegrass Showcase-Richmond at Kentucky Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE

Keion Brooks Jr. is now expected to miss 2-3 more weeks, so he’s obviously out Tuesday vs. Kansas.


The Kentucky Wildcats struggled mightily Sunday in their 76-64 home loss to the Richmond Spiders.

It was obvious that the lack of experience for the 10 new Cats grouped with a ton of experience for Richmond was a recipe for an early loss.

The one thing Kentucky needs right now is the leadership of Keion Brooks Jr., who has been out with a leg injury and missed both games in the Bluegrass Showcase.

After the game, assistant coach Joel Justus spoke to the media and noted that the team will evaluate Brooks’ status over the next two days leading up to the matchup with the Kansas Jayhawks leaving his status unclear.

“Our medical staff will update us on Keion if there are any changes,” Justus said. “I think we’re going at it with the same protocol we’ve been going at. I don’t know if I can answer your question there.”

Basically, the players that are healthy and ready to practice and play will be on the court Tuesday night.

“The guys that are ready will play,” he added. “The guys that are ready to practice tomorrow at one o’clock will practice. We’ll see who’s ready to play there on Tuesday night.”

The way John Calipari has been talking about Kentucky’s early-season schedule and Brooks’ injury, it certainly appears the sophomore forward is questionable at best for Tuesday.

Despite Brooks participating in the Big Blue Madness scrimmage, John Calipari noted pre-Morehead State that Brooks would miss the first week of games.

While we do not yet know if Brooks will be available for the Kansas game, it is clear that these young Cats need him back while they adjust to the college game.

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