Keion Brooks Sr. breaks down visit to Bloomington

  • 08/29/2017 8:49 am in

Class of 2019 Fort Wayne North Side forward Keion Brooks Jr. made his first in-depth visit to Bloomington over the weekend and came away impressed, according to his father.

The trip allowed Brooks and his father, Keion Brooks Sr., to sit down with the coaching staff and learn about their vision for the future of the program.

Brooks Jr., the No. 20 player nationally in his class according to the 247Composite, is a top priority for Archie Miller and the Indiana coaching staff.

“I thought one of the biggest things was coach (Miller) laid down the details of the style of play and the way that they would use him,” Brooks Sr. told Inside the Hall. “It gave us a good visual of what IU basketball is going to be about. I think he’s got it going in a great direction. He’s really putting some pieces together to really bring Hoosier basketball back to being one of those top perennial teams in the country.”

Brooks Sr. said that one of the most important things the coaching staff discussed was how his son would be utilized if he chooses Indiana.

At 6-foot-7 and 190 pounds, Brooks is capable of playing multiple positions.

“To be able to actually have some visuals and to see it in action, it’s good for not only me, but also for Keion to be able to say, ‘I could be in this position or I could be in that position and still play my game,'” Brooks Sr. explained. “Coach (Miller) did a great job of really talking about it, but also showing at different levels and different steps where Keion could be at any point in time in the offense and what he could do within the offense.”

Although Brooks attended Hoosier Hysteria previously, this was his first in-depth look at the program and the vision Miller and the IU staff have for the future.

Brooks Sr., who played for IU assistant coach Ed Schilling at Wright State, believes his former coach will be a strong asset for the program’s player development moving forward.

“Coach Schilling and I have had the relationship since he coached me. It helps to be a little more comfortable and understanding that if he’s there, it’s at least a given of knowing what he brings,” Brooks Sr. said. “I don’t need a recruiter to come tell me ‘we can develop or we can do this’ because I’ve been there and I’ve done that.

“I know what coach Schilling can do. The conversation became, when he got to Indiana, it was like ‘coach is there, they’ve got a new staff.’ The conversation was easier because there was already an existing relationship. Me knowing what he’s done, that made IU in a better position because I know they have somebody that can definitely help with the skillset and get him to a better place as far as skill development. ”

Brooks Jr., who averaged 20.5 points and 7.4 rebounds as a sophomore at North Side, has scholarship offers from Indiana, Michigan State, Kansas, Florida State, Georgetown, Purdue, UCLA, Memphis, Ohio State and Xavier.

Brooks Sr. said that he appreciates Archie Miller’s straight forward approach to recruiting his son.

“He’s good at really being straight up with you,” Brooks Sr. said. “With us, he’s done a great job of being very clear with what he expect of the program and what he wants to do with it. And he’s also clear about how he wants to use Keion. He’s not putting any fluff on it or trying to make it look pretty. He always talks about the work that would be done and he talks about the commitment to the staff and to the game of basketball to get better.

“Those are the things that, if you’re looking at a player that you want to get better and you want to understand the big picture of the game, you want them around people like that. Archie’s done a good job and he’ll continue to do a good job recruiting and laying the basketball path out for the program. He’s laying the foundation for the work ethic, the commitment and he’s just brought in all of the right pieces, I think. “

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  • HardRockHoosier

    Well that answers my query from the other thread. Sounds like it went very well. Also appears his father’s relationship with Ed Schilling could be a key factor in our ability to recruit him successfully. Looks like they are taking a very well thought out approach to their visits. I like it. I think he would be a great addition to the team. Thanks Alex for the excellent article.

  • BannerOrBust

    You hear it time and time again, that Coach Miller is always straight up with everyone and there’s no fluff in his recruiting pitches. I believe that this is already paying off, and recruits will continue to commit to our Program.

    On Brooks, we will definitely be in his top list when he trims it down, and from the sounds of it I think we have a great shot at getting him to come to Bloomington. He would be a BIG time pick-up for the Hoosiers!

  • TomJameson

    Wow, can you get a more glowing report from a recruits father than that? I liked IU’s chances already, but now I’m getting excited. I usually don’t get truly excited for a recruit until he commits, but wow!

    That Schilling connection is going to be great, now and for a long time. Just can barely hold in my anticipation for the playing to begin.

    Alex, thanks for bringing all this good news to us. Has to make you feel better as well, this upbeat optimism and no doom-n-gloom type news. Really nice to see a mostly unified fan base as well, especially in regards to the coach and program in general.

  • N71

    I’d say its a lock if we were recruiting Sr., not sure what Jr. thinks though. Beating out Michigan State, Purdue, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Michigan in Ft. Wayne with a 5-star would send a message.

  • sd chuck

    So exciting to watch Archie and staff navigate through this off season and start mending some fences. Have to say that it looks like it is paying off! This first recruiting class is impressive! All of the commits so far look like they will all contribute. Brooks Sr is impressed, usually rubs off. Job well done Coach Miller and staff, hope you guys get a 5 minute ovation that won’t stop, the first home game when announced as head coach!

  • soxlug

    I remember his father playing for North Side and going against my friends at South Side. Some good battles in the holiday tournament and in the regular season. My son played against Keion in middle school and well he almost got dunked on but luckily was a little behind him in the fast break. Been watching Keion for some time and glad to see him getting the national recognition and IU has planted him firmly on their radar. He is a Hoosier now and I hope he is in a couple of years.

  • iugradmark

    I like the feedback on how Archie is recruiting. It sounds like he is very business like and tells the families and players how hard they will need to work. This isn’t going to work for everyone, but for those that want the challenge, we have a very compelling story. From assistant coaches to trainers and facilities everything is here for kids to be successful.

  • pcantidote

    If Keion comes to IU after Damezi, then all of the B1G teams who have been plucking players out of northern Indiana will officially be on notice — Arch is in the house!

  • TomJameson

    I think that Schilling connection will continue to help us down the road as well. He has great contacts with recruits and coaches in Indiana.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I love the business-like attitude. Archie is showing/explaining that IU WILL be a power and that we want great players. If a kid can’t envision himself in the role Archie lays out, or isn’t willing to work hard to make IU great, then we will go get other guys. I appreciate that Archie is being honest without sucking up to these young guys. He is showing that he is the leader.

  • AndyCapp

    Yup. And I betcha that Hoosier Hysteria will be ROCKING this year, especially when they announce Coach’s name! Hope we have some important prospects there too… they will need earplugs 😀

  • AndyCapp

    Yup, I think the Schilling connection is the thing that sets us apart from any other program recruiting him. If it means that much to Sr., I would bet that it will mean something to Jr. as well.

  • TomJameson

    I think you’re right Mark (from iugradMark). And those recruits that approach doesn’t work for, are probably the recruits we don’t really want anyway. Sounds like we want, and have been getting, some hard working, dedicated recruits.

  • Outoftheloop

    “Straight”, “honest”, “direct”, “clear”, “detailed”, “no fluff”, these are Coach Archie’s trademark qualities to recruits, to IU fans, to everyone! I can really like and respect this man and his program! And he has just begun in B-Town.

  • TomJameson

    Pretty sure that Sr. has the full confidence of Jr. because Sr. has been the go-to guy, the main contact, for all of his recruitment. That said, you at right in that one never knows what Jr. might be thinking.

    I think that message you mention is being sent loud and clear! lol

  • Oldman

    With that kind of love/help/advice from the family it sure would seem that this young man would fit in well and would listen to the coaches.

  • iubase

    Schilling is a real asset. Having a solid family and a dads that seems quite reasonable and knowledgeable is terrific for Keion. Solid skilled player who will fit in well. Perfect match.

  • Mr. Shep-dizzle

    Definitely sounds like Sr. has IU in his sights, any eligibility left? Seriously, that’s awesome and the Schilling hire is going to pay off for years to come. The guys is highly respected everywhere.

  • timamac

    Sounds great! Please go to IU andhelo the Hoover elite again.

  • timamac

    Dreaming of Romeo next year and Brooks Jr the following year. IU back on top!

  • MrNobody

    So the question goes out… who will be CM’s first huge get. Will it be Romeo or Keion? Romeo said he knew he would be loved at IU. Who wants the status? Let’s have a race….