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Fort Wayne’s Brooks, Jr. will use parent-given work-ethic at Kentucky

It’s been a long time coming.

Keion Brooks, Jr. announced in front of friends, family and the Fort Wayne community that he’d be joining Kentucky Basketball.

The top-rated recruit to come out of the Fort since Caleb ‘Biggie’ Swanigan, Brooks, Jr., made a name for himself, from his days at St. Paul’s Middle School, to North Side High and then La Lumiere.

A high-flying phenom whose jams could one day be seen at the NBA Dunk Contest, while boasting an undying work ethic, that’s improved every other facet of his game.

“He’s always worked hard at whatever he’s done,” Brooks, Jr.’s mother Sarita Brooks said after the Kentucky commitment.

Brooks, Jr. gets that work ethic from his parents.

“My mom, she is the tough love of the family,” Brooks, Jr. said after his announcement.

“She’ll break her back backwards to help me do anything I want to do. She’d give the clothes off her back.”

The same could be said for Keion Brooks, Sr.

“Not only my father, but my best friend,” Brooks, Jr. said.

It’s the family bond that allowed Keion to really be confident in his decision, in front of a room of predominantly Indiana fans.

Despite selecting out-of-state Kentucky, the crowd at St. Paul’s gym erupted in support of Brooks, Jr.

Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan is the Sports Director for Fort Wayne’s NBC.

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