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Keion Brooks poised for breakout season

Keion Brooks could be the “key to Kentucky’s operation.”

NCAA Basketball: South Carolina at Kentucky Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Keion Brooks was poised for a breakout season last year, being the only returning player from the 2019-20 team that played significant minutes.

Unfortunately, Brooks missed the first half of the season, up until the Kentucky Wildcats’ third SEC game on the road at Florida. But when Brooks got playing time and minutes weren’t restricted, he made the most of it and was the leader of a team that needed one.

Jon Rothstein is reporting, via “highly placed spies in Lexington” that Brooks has taken his game to another level going into his junior season.

While Brooks did average 19 and 10 in games where he played 30 minutes or more. Could Brooks see 30 minutes a game again this season? Time will tell, especially with the stacked roster John Calipari has currently.

Rothstein has been on the money in recent years about his scouting reports of Kentucky Wildcats players in the pre-season.

In 2019, Immanuel Quickley was his player to watch for Kentucky, and last season it was Isaiah Jackson. 2-2 so far.

Keion Brooks has the potential to take a PJ Washington-esque jump going into year three, as he is more than capable of scoring inside but can expand his game beyond the three-point line as well.