Kentucky has been without sophomore forward Keion Brooks Jr. for the first four games of the season, and by the words of UK Head Coach John Calipari, his return might not be soon.
“No, and I didn’t check it, but let’s hope in the next couple weeks that he’s available. It may be two or three weeks,” Calipari said during his call-in radio show. “They’re going slow at it, I understand. We need his leadership.”
After suffering a calf injury in early October, Calipari announced Brooks would be back in a “couple of weeks,” and that looked to be the case as he participated in the Kentucky Pro Day and Big Blue Madness, but the UK coach then later said before the season opener on Nov. 25 against Morehead State that he would be out a few more weeks.
Now, it looks like Brooks might not be available until the Dec. 26 Louisville matchup or even SEC play.
What is UK missing with Brooks not playing? Well as you have probably heard in each game broadcast so far, he is the only returning ‘Cat with any prior experience in a UK uniform. As a freshman, the 6-foot-7 forward played in all 31 games in which he scored 138 total points and grabbed 99 rebounds.
No matter the numbers, Kentucky just looks lost on the court right now, and as Calipari said, they could really use Brooks’ experience and leadership.