Keion Brooks, for months now a top recruiting target for IU coach Archie Miller and his staff, picked Kentucky over IU, North Carolina and others at a ceremony in Fort Wayne on Friday night.
While not wholly unexpected – Brooks had been believed to be strongly considering the Wildcats since a visit to Lexington last month – this decision nonetheless deals a blow to Miller’s plans in the 2019 class.
A friend and AAU teammate of Indiana signee Trayce Jackson-Davis, Brooks had been a primary target for some time. A native of Fort Wayne who spent his final prep season at La Lumiere in LaPorte, Brooks is a five-star prospect and a top-25 talent, per the 247Sports Composite. That same ranking pegs him as the No. 6 small forward in his class, and at 6-7, Brooks possesses the kind of length Miller covets at his wing positions.
Brooks will be taking his tools to Kentucky however, after an extended recruiting battle.
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Miller will still feel good about the work he’s done to date in 2019, with Jackson-Davis and Cathedral combo guard Armaan Franklin already signed.
Jackson-Davis was named Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year, and is considered a frontrunner for IndyStar Mr. Basketball, presented by the Indiana Pacers. Should he win that award, he will be the second Mr. Basketball in as many seasons to sign with the Hoosiers, which would mark a first for the program since Luke Recker and Tom Coverdale picked IU in successive years, in 1997 and 1998.
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Himself a five-star prospect and one of the most well-regarded centers in his class, Jackson-Davis will also participate in the McDonald’s All American game in Atlanta later this month.
Franklin, while not quite so nationally credentialed, comes to college with an Indianapolis City Player of the Year honor under his arm. Franklin averaged 23.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game leading the Irish to a third-straight City tournament title this past winter.
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Miller had hoped Brooks would make that in-state duo a trio, and fill a natural hole on the wing in this class between Franklin in the backcourt, and Jackson-Davis in the frontcourt.
Now, with Juwan Morgan and Evan Fitzner graduating, and Romeo Langford a potential lottery pick in this summer’s NBA draft, Miller and his staff will turn to other options. The Hoosiers recently hosted four-star Montverde (Fla.) Academy guard Harlond Beverly on an unofficial visit. Beverly is originally from Michigan.
Langford has yet to give any indication of his plans beyond this season. Considered one of the most talented freshmen in this class, he could well elect to declare for the draft after this season, leaving the Hoosiers with three open scholarships and just two signees.
Asked about that possibility after the Hoosiers’ Thursday loss in the Big Ten tournament, Langford said he wasn’t thinking beyond …read more
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