LEXINGTON, Ky. (WANE) – Former North Side standout and Highlight Zone regular Keion Brooks Jr. is ready for a starring role in Lexington this season as Brooks will be counted on to provide experience and leadership for a Wildcats team that may have played a lot of college basketball, but hasn’t played a bunch of it together.
Last year as a sophomore the 6-foot-7 forward missed the preseason and the first nine games with a calf injury. When he returned to the court Brooks was a key cog for coach John Calipari. Brooks was fourth on the team at 10.3 points per game and led the Wildcats with 6.8 rebounds a contest.
Kentucky has a lot of experience overall, but four key players are grad transfers who will be suiting up for UK for the first time.
Brooks and Kentucky will play their second and final exhibition game on Friday. UK’s regular season opener is set for November 9 against Duke.