On Wednesday, Kentucky posted several photos of the Cats practicing, which included a shot of Brooks dunking, as well as him shaking hands with Jacob Toppin at midcourt.
What the photos don’t show is if Brooks is actually doing team drills or if he’s still limited to just individual work.
Either way, it’s good to know he’s at least out on the court working as he works his way back from a calf injury.
On Monday, John Calipari said that Brooks could be out another 2-3 weeks, so we probably shouldn’t expect him to play Saturday when the Fighting Irish invade Rupp Arena. Then again, maybe Calipari is using a little gamesmanship so Notre Dame doesn’t prepare for Brooks potentially playing.
For what it’s worth, Brooks posted a picture of himself on Instagram this week with a ‘clock’ emoji, signaling that it may be time for his debut to happen soon. Davion Mintz also replied with ‘SOON’ to it.
It’s been painfully clear during the Cats’ 1-3 start that they need Brooks back ASAP. He’s the only returning player from last season that actually logged significant minutes in Calipari’s system.
So while he may not even be one of Kentucky’s 3-4 best players right now, Brooks’ leadership and familiarity with the system would likely help the Cats find some consistency and hopefully end their current losing skid.