Much of the hype at the FORUM Tip Off Classic focused on the two known and elite prospects in Indiana, Romeo Langford and Kris Wilkes, but it was sophomore Keion Brooks who might have turned in the most impressive performance. Books’ 33 point performance showed that he is next in the state of Indiana.
Brooks stands a legit 6-foot-8, and has made tremendous strides in the last 12 months. The most impressive change is that Brooks is significantly more athletic than he was.
One major question with Brooks as a freshman was how athletic would he get, but now that question has been answered in a big way. Brooks is going to be able to compete athletically with any player in college basketball.
Aside from major athletic improvements, Brooks is also a very good outside shooter. He was 5-8 from three point range in a big win over Lawrence North, and that shooting makes him a major threat on the offensive end.
Given his size and athleticism, having to show significant respect as a defender to Brooks outside the arc makes him nearly impossible to guard. This is the case because he is very solid off the dribble, and has a good touch in the mid-range, as well as showing an ability to finish in traffic when getting into the lane.
Offensively Brooks is the complete package. He is also a willing and talented passer, and is simply someone who gets everything done, and shows that he can be an elite talent nationally.
The two growth areas for Brooks are with strength and rebounding. Strength should come with time and physical maturity. Brooks has a skinny frame so he isn’t likely to every be a bulky prospect, but he should be more than capable of competing once he gets more time in the weight room.
When it comes to rebounding right now he isn’t rebounding as well as his physical tools suggest he should. Right now it is mostly a matter of Brooks just not crashing the glass consistently enough. He will get better as he gets stronger, but Brooks also needs to make a consistent effort to attack the glass more often.
Currently Brooks is ranked as the No. 15 player in the nation, and even with that lofty standing there is an argument to be made he is going to rise in the rankings.
Already Michigan State has made him a clear priority, and Purdue and Xavier have also offered. Kansas, Louisville, Indiana, Butler, and others are also in the mix for Brooks who is showing no signs of making any early decision.
With big time ability, big time upside, and elite schools recruiting him, Brooks definitely has the look of being the next big thing in the state of Indiana.