Five-star forward Keion Brooks Jr. talks IU offer, relationship with Ed Schilling

  • 04/29/2017 5:45 pm in

WESTFIELD, Ind. – Indiana coach Archie Miller offered a scholarship to class of 2019 five-star prospect Keion Brooks Jr. before the first of two evaluation periods this month.

And the Hoosier staff has been keeping a close eye on the state’s top rising junior through the first two Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) sessions.

On Saturday, both Miller and Ed Schilling were at the EYBL at Grand Park Fieldhouse watching Brooks and several other class of 2018 and 2019 targets.

The 6-foot-8, 190 pound forward, who averaged more than 20 points and seven rebounds per game as a sophomore at Fort Wayne North, says he is impressed with the vision Miller has for IU’s future.

“Archie Miller came and he told me the direction that Indiana is going to take now with the new coaching staff,” Brooks said. “He broke down the offense they’re going to play, the defense they’re going to play. That really stood out to me that they took the time to show the direction they’re going to take.”

Brooks, the No. 17 prospect nationally in the 2019 class according to the 247Composite, has known Schilling since he was in third grade.

His father, Keion Brooks Sr., played for Schilling at Wright State.

“It’s a very strong relationship between him and my dad,” Brooks said. “I wasn’t able to really stay in touch with coach Schilling because he was at UCLA and he had other things to worry about out there. But now that he’s at Indiana, I’ve been able to keep in touch and talk to him. That really makes a difference.”

According to Brooks, his father’s familiarity and relationship with Schilling gives him valuable insight on how he would be coached and utilized at the next level.

“I know how he does things, how he likes to work,” he said. “I’m not hearing it from an outside source. I’m hearing it from somebody that actually played under him and did things with him. That’s the most intriguing thing about Schilling.”

The versatile forward is averaging 18.2 points and 7.7 rebounds through his first six games in the EYBL. He had three games with 20 or more points in the first EYBL session last weekend in Hampton, Virginia.

“I want to get better on the wing,” Brooks explained. “Handling the ball, being a wing defender. I just want to get in the weight room and get stronger.”

Despite early scholarship offers from Indiana, Michigan State and Purdue, Brooks says his recruitment remains open and he’s in no rush with the process.

“Right now I’m just trying to develop and extend my game,” Brooks said. “I’m not really thinking about making a list or cutting down a list right now. I’m just trying to develop and expand my game.”

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  • I like our chances with this kid. Between Archie’s vision for the program and Schilling’s connection with his father, I have to think we’re infinitely closer to getting him than we were a couple of months ago.

  • AndyCapp

    I *SO* want to see Brooks in Candy Stripes! Big, strong, heady player that you can build a team around…

  • AndyCapp

    Agreed. I don’t think we would have had a chance at all with him if we hadn’t had a change of coach. His and his father’s relationship with Schilling could be the deal clincher.

  • I think the same could reasonably be said about a lot of the top talent, in Indiana and otherwise. It’s amazing how much more excited I am about IU basketball right now. It’s been decades since I’ve been this excited.

  • marcusgresham

    I haven’t actually seen either play so help me out here if you have, but I kind of feel he’s Wilkes 2.0.

  • Josh Ratzburg

    He is a long lanky wing that can handle the ball, shoot from range, and finish with authority.

  • TomJameson

    There is a lot of connection between IU and Brooks right now. With all that history, I would have to say he is IU’s to lose. Slipped right in there for sure, but the personal connections to Schilling is pretty special.

    A 2019 recruit, so a long time to go and a lot can happen. But, can you imagine how IU nation will react if Archie doesn’t land Brooks? Really, for two years out, it would be tough to be better positioned for a recruit.

  • Ole Man

    Actually, Tom, as has been well documented, Brooks is really tight with Fife. He also likes Izzo quite a lot. They’ve been on him since the 7th grade or thereabouts. So, I have to disagree that he is “IU’s to lose.”
    At this point the fact that we’re even getting his attention is good, but it is far from a done deal for IU.

  • TomJameson

    You’ll have to cite a source about Brooks being tight with Fife. I couldn’t find a thing other than how Michigan State has been recruiting him since the 7th grade.

    I just think Keion, and his father’s, relationship with Schilling is really strong. Keion has known Schilling since the third grade, and likes him a lot. Now THAT has been well documented, and a simple search can find a lot of references to it.

    I think Keion was Izzo’s to lose, until IU, with Archie and Schilling, stepped into the picture. The dynamics have changed tremendously. I’m not saying anything is a done deal, but I would put IU at the head of the pack at this time.

  • Ole Man

    Read the Ft. Wayne Sentinel article…it was either yesterday or today….he’s actually getting really tight with Painter at Purdue; moreso than he is with IU at this point.
    Tom; it’s ludicrous to make statement’s like you made about the thinking of a 17-18 year old kid.
    Give it up. He isn’t “IU’s to lose.”

  • Outoftheloop

    No offense to you Tom butt to say that a HS kid is” IU’s to lose”, is nonsense! To say that Archie and his staff have gotten into the thick of it for Brooks makes imminent sense. Nice work Archie and staff!

  • Jeremy Enright

    His mom works at the same place I do, so I hear a lot about him and his recruitment. Never spoke to her about her son because I feel like it’d be inappropriate to do so since I’m an IU homer with an agenda lol, but every conversation I’ve ever heard from the people who know her say the family loves Izzo, loves that East Lansing is so much closer, and that he is Izzo’s to lose. Crean never put anywhere close to half the effort into him as Izzo has, supposedly. Don’t take it as gospel, since I can’t quote her directly. But, I thought it was interesting enough to throw out there for speculation since all we do is speculate. Yes, I realize this info could be inaccurate. So please don’t jump all over me about it. I too, hope the info I got is wrong.

  • TomJameson

    Okay, I submitted a post with a link to that article you mentioned, but it didn’t make it through the edit, links seldom do. But I’ll say that the article mentioned three teams in about the same “glowing” manner … IU, PU, and MSU. MSU was mentioned because they have been recruiting Brooks since the 7th grade, PU because they were the first to offer, and IU because Keion has known Schilling since the 3rd grade. Also mentioned he and his did both had a very good relationship with Schilling, and trusts him.

    I also said that when I thought Keion was IUs to lose it meant that IU was in front in my opinion. If that isn’t yours, or anybody else’s opinions then that is fine. But if you think it’s okay to just label somebody else’s opinion as “ludicrous”, especially in something so menial, well, maybe you need to jump down from that pedestal and try to notice that not everybody has the same opinion as you.

    The same goes to loop, I think to just label something as nonsense because it doesn’t fit your own narrative is, well, ludicrous.

  • TomJameson

    Jeremy, my whole entire point in this “debate” has been that the dynamics have changed with the coaching change. If Crean was still the coach, IU would have no chance at all with Keion. But with Archie, along with a lifetime friend in Schilling, who coached Keion’s dad in college, I think the dynamics have tipped in IU’s favor.

    That doesn’t mean that I’m going to bet the farm on Keion coming to IU, it means that things have changed. There is a long time from now to when Keion commits, and now that IU is in the mix for real, I really think that IU has a great chance.

    BTW, when I say Schilling is a lifetime friend, that’s Keion’s friend, not his dads. Schilling coached Keion’s dad for (I think) two years in college, and they have been friends since. I just think that is a huge edge to all of a sudden throw into the mix, too much to label ludicrous and nonsense.

    And you are absolutely right about it’s all speculation, and as such it should be fun. Probably would be more fun without the name calling.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i’m feeling a bet coming on! if ole man wins (i.e. brooks goes to MSU), i think some form of public shaming is in order (tom has to find something nice to say about ole man, or something like that). if tom wins, ole man has to vote republican in the next election. do we have a bet??

  • TomJameson

    Now that’s not fair. I already say nice things about Tony. Just because I don’t agree with some things, this one thing here is just the latest, I never doubt Oleman’s fandom and passion for IU basketball. He just goes a little overboard sometimes (once-in-a-while) knocking somebody else’s opinions when they don’t agree with his. 🙂

    Don’t think it’s too safe to bring up voting in elections. 🙂

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    ok, then how about if you lose you have to announce on ITH that your opinion was, in fact, ludicrous. andor that ole man is a genius. how bout that? we got a bet or what? c’mon tom!

  • TomJameson

    Oh hell no. That will never happen! lol
    You know what opinions are like … everybody has one, and most of them stink. I’ll not apologize for having an opinion, even if it is proven to be wrong. Wouldn’t expect that from Tony, you, or anybody else either.

    No bet here, but nice try. 🙂

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    but i think tony (that’s ole man, right?) woulda gotten the way more worser deal, having to vote republican. imagine the utter agony of him having to pull the lever for pence. aww, what could have been…

  • TomJameson

    Come on man, no politics discussed here. Not chastising you, but no matter what you say, you are going to greatly offend somebody.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    tj my friend, you’re taking this waaaayyy too seriously. i’m simply attempting (and failing miserably) to be funny and lighten the mood. i have no interest in getting into any type of political discussion with you two. but anyway, i give up. i know when i’m beat : (

  • Ole Man

    It’s not having an opinion. It’s having such a strong opinion that you steamroll everyone else.
    I don’t think Loop does that. I don’t think I did that.
    To state unequivocally, as you did, that he was IU’s to lose is to invite strong opinion back.
    Now you are providing context. Before you did not do that.
    See the difference?

  • TomJameson

    No, no, no …. don’t take it like that. I get you, and I have no problem. I’ll butt heads with a couple of people here once-in-a-while, but I think I’m fine with most.

    It’s just that I’ve seen a few get set off in a major way by any little political comment, that’s all.

    I appreciate the attempt to lighten the mood but, until he tells me otherwise, I think Tony and I are okay. As are we.

    Keep on posting man, it’s better times now than we’ve had for quite a while. Lot of good vibes going on.

  • TomJameson

    You know something Oleman, I’ve said all along that it’s my opinion and anything can happen. That’s enough context for most. You’re adding words to what I said and taking a few words out of context. I never stated anything unequivocally, either in words or in tone. But whatever, you’re too stuck in your ways to bend to what is right in front of your eyes.

    So I’m done with this topic, but I have to thank you for the laugh though. I mean, for you to call somebody out for steamrolling their opinion, is like the rainy season in Viet Nam calling a dripping faucet “wet”. That’s really rich.