Since the beginning of October, Kentucky has withdrawn from the game due to a calf injury in the first 9 games of the season. Sophomore forward Keion Brooks Jr. avenged his return.
Brooks finished the game with 6-8 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block and 1 steal in 24 minutes. This is the way for Kentucky to ensure a 76-58 victory and 3-0 in the game. One of the key reasons for victory. Conference playback.
After months of uncertainty and practical restrictions, British coach John Calipari happily has a “stabilizing force” in the Kentucky State lineup.
“The only thing he can’t contact us is contact. He is practicing, exercising, and I said: “You are better, because we will know something in the next few days. Your condition is better. “He has been there,” Calipari said. “He is just a disciplined, serious and responsible player. I am very happy to have stable strength. … There are many benefits.”
The impressive first performance came after an exciting week with the sophomore forward, and he looks forward to the news that the team doctors will postpone his return again.
“What I told the team was that when he talked to the doctor, he seemed to be scared to death, thinking it would last longer. His hands were shaking. He came to me, they cleaned him up, he was excited with me, I hug Kill him.”
After the news came out, Brooks was not worried about his suitable rotation position or how many minutes of information he would receive immediately. The forward only cares about doing what is best for the team.
Taking into account the recent public and private turmoil of the team, Calipari quickly took Brooks’ response and overall information as a lesson for the team.
“I said, “I have to figure out how to slide you in. “He said: “Coach, I believe you, you will do your best to make this team. “I told the team,” Calipari said. I said, “Think about you. You are flattened and some people are like, “Why do you want me to take water?” ! “Think of you. Think about how he reacted to this. He is a role model leader. He is not a confrontational guy, that is not him.”
As for his performance on the court, Brooks has remained calm and confident since his impressive year-end performance in Gainesville last March. You may see slight rust, but Brooks often makes the right scoring, passing and defensive decisions.
“You see what kind of athlete he is,” Calipari said. “You will see that he is physically stronger than before. He is more patient psychologically and the game slowed down for him. This is very important. I mean, we have been playing without him.
Calipari likened Brooks to an on-court coach and praised the sophomore forward for his coaching and leadership in his debut this season.
The British head coach said: “He can calm them down on the court, so they can be fired from our staff.” “This is what is surprising in Mississippi, how we can achieve it without him. This goal. How we did it and how they stayed together. He is a special young man, a great human, a great teammate and a skilled basketball player. Very talented.”
Graduate transfer guard Davion Mintz played alongside Brooks for the first time in his career. When he made his debut, he came up with a language describing the 6-foot-7 forward’s game. In short, he is a game changer.
“You watched the game, you saw it,” Mintz said. “He gave us a completely different element of the game. Keane is really amazing today. Super fun. I’m really speechless. It’s amazing.”
Strangely, after Mintz talked to Brooks in the warm-up match before the game, Mintz felt that Brooks was about to usher in an impressive day. No nerves, zero stress.
Brooks was happy to be back on the floor.
“Kean has always had good practices. He has been relaxing. But don’t discredit yourself, it’s completely different from the game. He just changed the switch, which is amazing.” Mintz said. “We are testing him to see what he can do. … We know that he will play well, but we don’t know that he will come in and exert his influence. That is just thanks to his work and recovery, these The guy has been helping him.
“…He doesn’t have any pressure. He told me before the game: “I just go there to play, I have nothing to lose. I am lucky to be able to participate in the competition now. “When I saw his attitude, I knew: “Okay, Keion wish you a good day.” ” he made it.”
As for Brooks, he is confident in his debut ability, thanks to Kentucky coach Rob Harris (Rob Harris) for keeping him in the game, and the calf injury prevented him from participating in the game.
“I have always believed that I have the ability to come back to the game and perform well. I have been exercising to keep my body healthy,” Brooks said. “Scream out to our strength coach Rob Harris. I don’t even like to call him, he means much more than that. Not only did he keep my figure brilliantly, but I also spent a lot of time with him, so He has always been optimistic in my heart. The dialogue we had really helped me through everything I was going through.”
Most importantly, in addition to production, Brooks is happy to be the head of a team that has been desperately aspiring since the beginning of the season. He wanted to bring a positive and infectious attitude to the floor, which gradually disappeared from his teammates.
“Your head is nailed, my leader. I just want to bring energy, I hope my energy is contagious to teammates.” Brooks said. “During the whole process of my injury, they also insisted on my outstanding work. I don’t want to go there, let them down, not up to their standards, not as dedicated as them, not enough energy. This is a two-way street.
“My leadership really depends on them. They made me a leader. Everything is going well tonight.”