In one of the most highly anticipated announcements in the Class of 2019, Keion Brooks will reveal his college decision Friday night.
The 6-foot-7 small forward from La Lumiere (IN) School will announce at 8 p.m. CT at St. Paul's Lutheran School with Evan Daniels of 247Sports.com.
He is officially considering Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan State, North Carolina and Purdue. Brooks has taken official visits to Indiana (Sept. 28), Kentucky (Oct. 19) and North Carolina (Nov. 2).
His most recent visit was to Kentucky on Feb. 16 for an unofficial when the Wildcats defeated then-No. 1 Tennessee, and Kentucky coach John Calipari visited with Brooks this past Tuesday. Sources indicated Kentucky is the favorite for Brooks, who is ranked as the No. 23 overall player in the Class of 2019 and the No. 3 player from the state of Indiana per 247.
“Kentucky’s pitch has been they feel like I’m cut for Kentucky, everybody doesn’t succeed at Kentucky,” Brooks said in January. “Coach Cal believes I’m one of the guys that can do that. He believes that I can go in and reach my dreams, me and him working together.”
Brooks was named to the ZAGSBLOG Hoophall All-Tournament team in January after going for 25 points on 7-for-12 shooting with five rebounds and three blocks in La Lumiere's 73-50 win over DeMatha Catholic.
“He’s a guy who’s a hybrid forward at 6-8,” said longtime New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski. “He’s not as thick as Isaiah Stewart but he’s a guy who can score in or out and he’s obviously a very good athlete. He’s one of the better forwards in the class, he’s a McDonald's All-American.”
Should Brooks choose Kentucky it would be a major boost to the Wildcats’ frontcourt as they are losing Reid Travis to graduation and likely P.J. Washington to the NBA Draft. Kentucky missed out on James Wiseman (Memphis), one of three finalists for the Gatorade National Player of the Year Award, Vernon Carey (Duke) and Stewart (Washington). They remain in play for 6-11 Seattle big man Jaden McDaniels, who has drawn comparisons to a young Kevin Durant.
“I’m getting down to the nitty-gritty,” Brooks said. “I still need to pray on it a little more, talk to my mom and dad and the rest of my family members a little bit more about it and after that whatever God has in the cards for me, that’s what I’m going to do.”