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Garrison Brooks to Mississippi State

Brooks becomes the latest big-time transfer to join the SEC.

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One of the top frontcourt transfers is now off the board.

North Carolina transfer Garrison Brooks has committed to Mississippi State. The Kentucky Wildcats were among the schools to show interest in Brooks, who will now head to Starkville where his dad is an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team.

A fifth-year senior in 2021-22, Brooks will have one more year left of college hoops thanks to an extra season of eligibility granted by the NCAA blanket waiver adopted before the start of the 2020-21 season.

This past season, Brooks averaged 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game on 46.9% shooting. As a junior in the 2019-20 season, he averaged 16.8 points, 8.5 boards and 2.0 assists per game on 53.5% shooting.

Brooks would have been a nice veteran pick, but with Oscar Tshiebwe, Daimion Collins, Lance Ware and Keion Brooks still on the Kentucky roster, it didn’t make sense for either side.

Saying this, there’s growing buzz that Keion could be transferring. If that happens, then Kentucky will likely pursue other frontcourt transfers, though it will be hard to find one better than Garrison.

Hopefully, Kentucky is able to hold on to Keion and not have to worry about the frontcourt anymore this offseason.

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