Keion Brooks Jr. announced he is returning to Kentucky for his sophomore season a week ago tonight.
“Keion improved as much as anyone on our team,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “This season was great for him. He learned about himself, he learned about the game and he learned about what it takes to be special. And let me say this: I truly believe Keion Brooks is going to be special.
“Keion is one of the greatest kids we’ve had. He’s got a caring heart, but on that court he has a competitive spirit with skills, length and athleticism that set him apart. He can play multiple positions on offense and defense because of that length and athleticism.
“I’m so excited to get another year to watch his growth and to be with him throughout the season.”
What does a sophomore Brooks mean for the Wildcats? According to Immanuel Quickley, sophomore Brooks will be a monster and you heard it from him first, he wrote on Instagram last week.
Quickley, Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey and Nick Richards have all decided to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft, forgoing their remaining eligibility.
The Wildcats landed Davion Mintz, a graduate transfer from Creighton, last week. In addition to Brooks, Mintz and redshirt freshman Dontaie Allen, Kentucky will welcome Brandon Boston Jr., Terrence Clarke, Devin Askew, Lance Ware, Isaiah Jackson and Cam’Ron Fletcher as scholarship players for 2020-21. Sophomore EJ Montgomery still has a decision to make (expected to declare) and Kentucky is currently pursuing Matt Haarms, a 7-foot-3 graduate transfer from Purdue.