Friday night brought more bad news for Indiana’s basketball program.
Five-star wing Keion Brooks announced his commitment to Kentucky during a ceremony in his native Fort Wayne, choosing the Wildcats over the Hoosiers and Michigan State. Brooks’ decision ends a two-year recruitment for Indiana’s coaching staff, which made the in-state prospect a priority target in their efforts to bring the state’s best players to Bloomington.
Considered the No. 23 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class, per the 247 Sports composite rankings, the La Lumiere senior is also rated as the third-best player in the state, behind high school teammate Isaiah Stewart and IU signee Trayce Jackson-Davis, a 6-foot-9 forward.
It was believed that landing Jackson-Davis in November would have helped the Hoosiers snag a commitment from Brooks, too. Jackson-Davis and Brooks are friends and former teammates on the Nike EYBL travel ball circuit, and the Hoosier signee made it known that he wished to play with Brooks at IU, too.
“My goal is to try and get Keion Brooks,” Jackson-Davis said on the day he committed to Indiana. “That’s my main goal right now. … I reached out to him earlier. I’m going to stay in touch with him, but it’s still his decision and he has to make the best one for him.”
Ultimately, Brooks did exactly that.
Brooks’ announcement came a day after Indiana lost to Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament, likely ending any hopes the Hoosiers had at landing an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Source:: Daily times