Issues are lastly wanting up for Kentucky. The Wildcats flipped the script final week by snapping a six-game shedding streak with two straight wins to begin the brand new yr. They obtained even higher information on Thursday when sophomore massive man Keion Brooks was medically cleared to return to motion.
Brooks is the one present participant on the Wildcats roster who scored a degree on final yr’s group. He has not performed but this season, lacking all 9 video games with a calf damage that popped up within the preseason and took longer than anticipated to heal.
Brooks has been a pacesetter within the locker room this season, even volunteering to seem in postgame media after a troublesome loss to North Carolina final month when different Wildcats gamers opted not to take action. He is additionally a stabilizing power that ought to shore up UK’s frontcourt. At 6-foot-7 and 205 kilos, his expertise within the system makes him a candidate to fit within the rotation immediately at energy ahead even with Jacob Toppin, Isaiah Jackson and Lance Ware getting good run there in latest weeks.
Due to the damage, it is unclear how efficient he’ll be — and the way rapidly UK will give him a full workload — however he proved an efficient position participant in restricted alternatives as a freshman final season, averaging 4.5 factors, 3.2 rebounds and 0.4 blocks in simply 15.1 minutes per recreation. On the very least he ought to add some wanted depth and expertise for a UK group skinny on each with a grueling slate of SEC video games on deck that features Florida, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia within the subsequent two weeks.