This weekend is kind of a big deal in Bloomington, with not one but two in-state class of 2019 five star forwards on campus in connection with Hoosier Hysteria.
Fort Wayne, Indiana native Keion Brooks, Jr. will join his AAU teammate and good friend Trayce Jackson-Davis at IU for an official visit.
Bloomington, Indiana 📍
— Keion Brooks Jr. (@KeionB_12) September 28, 2018
The pair also took an official visit together to UCLA, and many believe that they will choose to play together in college. While Jackson-Davis is more of a power forward, Brooks is a natural wing. Their games complement each other on the floor.
Brooks, Jr. is another name that really requires no introduction at this point. Hoosier fans have been watching his high school career unfold from the very beginning. While IU wasn’t widely expected to be a likely destination in the early days, a new Hoosier coaching staff changed the dynamics of Brooks, Jr.’s recruitment.
IU assistant coach Ed Schilling was the head coach at Wright State when Keion Brooks, Sr. played there in the late 1990’s. The elder Brooks averaged more than 20 points a game as a senior under Schilling, and averaged double figures his entire four year playing career.
Since Archie Miller and Schilling came on board, the Hoosiers have been consistently viewed as a top contender to land Brooks, Jr. While his timeline and ultimate destination are less clear than Jackson-Davis, IU is in as good of a position as anyone with a decision likely coming over the next two months.
While Brooks, Jr. has recently released a “top six” remaining schools (see below), we believe that IU, Michigan State and Kentucky are the primary contenders.
Below is our profile on Brooks, Jr., with all the essential information that you need to know, plus recent video highlights, interviews, and all of The Daily Hoosier’s coverage.
Hometown – Fort Wayne, Indiana (La Lumiere)
Position – Small Forward
Height – 6-foot-7
Weight – 190
247 Sports Composite Rating – 5-star
Primary Competition – Kentucky, Michigan State, UCLA, North Carolina, Purdue
Timeline — Brooks announced a “top six” on September 25. A final decision could be made in the fall or possibly into the spring.
- Indiana official visit — September 29 (Hoosier Hysteria)
- Other upcoming official visits — North Carolina (November) and Kentucky (October). Brooks has already taken an official visit to UCLA and thus has one remaining to allocate between Michigan State and Purdue.
Indiana Connections — Brooks and his family have close ties with the IU coaching staff, and he has made multiple visits to Bloomington. Keion Brooks, Sr. was a star at Wright State under head coach and now IU assistant Ed Schilling.
Key Statistics —
- High School Junior Season (Fort Wayne North Side ) 22.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 2.5 assists per game.
- Nike EYBL (Indy Heat) 19.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 blocks per game.
“Indiana, that relationship is still great. Coach Miller is doing a great job. Coach Schilling is doing a great job. Coach Schilling coached my Dad when he was in college, so my Dad’s familiar with him. Their pitch is really to stay home and be the best for Indiana.”
“Being from Indiana has been a big factor. To be able to wear and represent my state across my chest means a lot. They have also taken the time to go out there way to not just recruit me but recruit my whole family as well. That means a lot to me because I am a very family oriented person.”
— From Prep Circuit here.