One of the top sophomores in the country, North Side (IN) wing Keion Brooks is off to a terrific start on the EYBL circuit with Indy Heat putting up close to 20 points per contest. The 5star provides insight on his play this Spring and updates his recruitment.
An elite athlete with the ability to play on the perimeter or the inside, Brooks — who ranks number 14 for the class of 2019 per Scout — is one of the most complete two-way players in the country regardless of class.
“I would say the biggest strength of my game is versatility. I’m able to guard multiple positions on defense and on offense I can post up smaller guys and take bigger guys off the dribble.”
Having viewed Keion multiple times this Spring, we have to concur with that assessment. At 6’8, Brooks is a matchup nightmare. His ballhandling and change of direction is good enough to beat defenders from the wing, while his size, length, athleticism and body control allow him to play the high post area where he thrives. With a developing jumpshot that extends beyond the arch, Keion can be used at almost any spot on the court and be effective.
Keion has played stellar so far in EYBL, averaging 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, but expects more out of himself moving forward.
“Things have been kind of up and down with Spiece. We haven’t been able to close out games like we should. But I think I’ve played well so far this spring. I still have some things to improve on and get better at but I think I’ve had a pretty good showing overall.”
Holding offers from Kansas, Ohio State, Indiana, Xavier, Michigan State, Kansas State, Memphis and Purdue, Brooks is already a highly sought after prospect to college coaches. In addition to those offers, Keion reports that UCLA, Michigan, Kentucky, Louisville, Iowa and Arizona are all showing interest.
While Brooks is in no hurry with his recruitment, three schools in particular have made him a clear priority.
“The schools showing the most interest are Michigan State, Purdue and Indiana.”
Keion has a few schools that he’s tentatively set to visit this summer as well.
“I’d like to visit Ohio State, Kansas, UCLA, and Iowa this Summer,” Brooks told Endless Motor Sports.
Keion’s sole focus for now though is improvement on his game and winning games with Indy Heat.
“For the summer I just want to continue to get better in all aspects of my game and continue to show coaches that I’m a kid they want to be a part of their program. And from a team perspective I want to make that push so we can make it into Peach Jam.”
Keion’s combination of size, ballskills and athleticism place him at the very top of the crop for the class of 2019. While his scoring prowess and elite finishing ability grab all the headlines, his rebounding and defensive abilities make him a prospect with one of the highest ceilings in the nation.