With the Kentucky Wildcats’ 2021-22 roster nearly complete, we’re still waiting on decisions from Keion Brooks Jr. and Isaiah Jackson.
Jackson is currently testing the NBA Draft process and is widely expected to remain in the draft, so it’s likely just a matter of when, not if Jackson announces he’s staying in the draft.
As for Brooks, he has yet to make any kind of announcement, though the recent buzz has been he’ll ultimately return for his junior season at Kentucky.
Well, Kentucky is now adding to that buzz by making Brooks available to media during John Calipari’s upcoming basketball camps. Typically, players made available at these camps are ones who are returning to Kentucky for the upcoming season, so this is another good sign Brooks will be spending another year in Lexington.
Kentucky has made Keion Brooks Jr. available for a media opportunity at the team's satellite camp next week, joins Jacob Toppin, Dontaie Allen and CJ Fredrick.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) May 27, 2021
Sounds like Brooks is back for his junior season.
If Brooks wants to test the draft process, he has until May 30th to submit his name into the 2021 draft.
Brooks, an Indiana native who played at La Lumiere School, came to Kentucky as a five-star recruit ranked No. 24 overall by the 247 Sports Composite Rankings. He chose Kentucky over the home-state Indiana Hoosiers among others.
As a freshman, the 6-foot-7 forward played just 15 minutes per game while averaging 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds. He showed flashes throughout his first year of his potential, and after a big outing in the 2020 finale against Florida, there was a lot of hope for what he’d become in Year 2.
Unfortunately, Brooks didn’t get a normal offseason due to COVID-19, then suffered an injury that cost him the first nine games this past season.
If Brooks stays healthy and gets in a full offseason of development, he should have a big junior season that firmly puts him on NBA radars.