Video: Keion Brooks Jr. interview at Nike EYBL Session Two

  • 05/02/2018 10:18 am in

WESTFIELD, Ind. – Class of 2019 Fort Wayne North Side forward Keion Brooks Jr. has been dominant at times this spring for Spiece Indy Heat on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit.

Inside the Hall caught up with Brooks Jr. last weekend for a few updates on his recruitment, playing with Trayce Jackson-Davis his game and more. Watch the full interview below:

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  • iubase

    TJD and Brooks would be a great get. I think we were persistent and lucky with Romeo (ie he was a Louisville lean and they imploded). Fort Wayne is in the MSU sphere and it would be huge to land Keion. I like his motor and skill set. He is the prototypical Archie player – multiskilled, long and can defend. Not happy with the UK reference. Why would you want to drive by bloomington for lexington? Hopefully, he will appreciate the love Romeo gets and make the right decision. There is life after basketball – and that will be a lot easier if your name is a staple in the state. He would cement that by going to IU. His reference to Michigan and how they stress education is good. The options at IU as an undergraduate are just as good. I attended IU on scholly and did just fine in Med school vs all the Ivy leaguers there. IU has a great academic reputation….and if he is succesfull at the next level – having a good business background will help with his investments down the road…..but first, embrace Archie. He will set the foundation for Brooks.

  • inLinE6

    I think the Louisville lean was speculative on Langford. I’ve been following his recruitment for more than a year. IIRC, he was first reported being a Duke bound before they parted ways, then Louisville, then UNC, KU, Vandy… That just shows there’s no real inside information along the way. But from what I gathered (I was one of the first to report his family’s strong lean towards IU), he made the decision (or close to making the decision) much earlier than publicly acknowledged. That’s when a lot of people still talking about KU and Vandy.

  • HOOSIERS76!

    You make a great point about academics. A lot of people don’t know that IU is considered one of the 30 Public Ivies. The top 30 public universities where you can get an Ivy League education. 11 of the 13 public universities in the Big Ten made the list of 30. The only two to not make the list were Purdue and Maryland.

  • VAHoosier

    Duke landed 3 of the top 5 players in the class, making competition for minutes fairly intense. I don’t think Romeo wanted any part of that. Frankly, our lack of scoring options in the backcourt this season had to be a ironic positive for us.

  • iubase

    what ever happened to duke? I know we were in pursuit of Kyrie and then the assistant to CTC actually swayed Kyrie to Duke. I am happy we got Romeo and even more so knowing that Duke was in the mix early. Thanks for that.

  • There’s no family lean toward IU. His dad didn’t want IU, but Romeo wasn’t influenced by dad

  • inLinE6

    That was unfortunately incorrect information. But I’m not going to waste time argue on this. All of us wanted him to come to IU and he did. So it doesn’t matter anyways.

  • for whom the balls roll

    Not sure if it was mentioned here or in the video, but Keion’s father apparently played for Ed Schilling at Wright State and the two are close. Hopefully this counts for something.

  • inCMitrust

    UK reference is bad. They are recruiting him and going after him early which they don’t always do with recruits. They already did a write up on him in aseaofblue. There is going to be a lot of competition for Brooks. I feel much more confident about Jackson-Davis.

  • AndyCapp

    Do you have a source for his dad saying this, and that Romeo saying he wasn’t influenced by his dad, or can I just call bull$hit now?!?

  • AndyCapp

    As was Romeo’s delayed announcement which allowed time for Archie to establish a deeper relationship with him.

  • Do you need me to spoonfeed everything to you? Just watch the video posted on ITH of interview with tim Langford after Romeo’s commitment

  • for whom the balls roll

    Do you mean Tim did not want IU, or that he did not lean on his son one way or another? I seem to remember the latter.

  • inCMitrust

    If you followed my posts for the past two months you will see I completely changed my outlook on IU’s chances. I never posted my info, but you are speculating. I will leave it at that.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Purwho???? ????

  • Guys, just watch the video Alex posted 2 days ago. Reporter asked Tim if he also chose IU. Check out his response.

  • My post had nothing to do with you, your outlook, or your opinions. I don’t know who you are, and I have not followed your posts. Just watch the video Alex posted 2 days ago with Tim’s interview. Not speculation. Tim’s choice was not IU. Son went against him.

  • How is it incorrect information if there’s video of Tim saying it? Watch the video interview with Tim before being so sure of yourself.

    http://www.insidethehall.com/2018/04/30/video-romeo-langford-tim-langford-and-jim-shannon-react-after-announcement/

    3:33. See his response to reporter’s question. IU was obviously not his top choice.

  • coachv

    it does and has

  • for whom the balls roll

    I went back and watched the video. There was a lot of background noise, and I may have missed a thing or two that if I were building a legal case I’d go back and listen to carefully, lol. I think what may have riled up a few people was that your post seemed to imply (perhaps you did not mean it that way) that Tim specifically advised against IU, whereas I think the essence of what Tim was trying to get across is that it was Romeo’s decision and that a good argument for choosing the other two programs could have easily been made.

    I’m surprised that people are not talking enough about something else that Tim dwelled on (maybe because it is obvious to most people on here), that Romeo’s decision was based on two things: 1) playing with a very able point guard, and 2) a point guard that will let him (Romeo) have the ball and shoot. The focus was on Phinisee, which means the Langfords are expecting him to be our default PG. But even more importantly, Tim pretty much said that Garland wasn’t going to let Romeo shoot enough, implying that Phinisee would. In summary: Romeo chose the school that would offer a quality point guard but one without Garland’s big ego. I would be surprised if Phinisee does not get a starting role.

  • HOOSIERS76!

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  • HOOSIERS76!

    There was an article a while back relating a story from the parents where early on his mom and dad each wrote down their top three choices and Romeo wrote down his three, and none of the top three from mom or dad matched Romeo’s. This had to be early before he narrowed it down to three. Just thought the difference was interesting. It indicates that Romeo was really making his own decisions, not being that heavily influenced by mom or dad. So this would add support to your information about Romeo not being influenced by dad.

  • coachv

    i just watched. you are right

  • That’s all beside the point. OP said there was a family lean toward IU. My post stated that was not true. Family favored another school. 3:33 of the video interview: “Tim, what school was your top choice for romeo?” Tim: “I can’t say. I’m gonna get in trouble.” Romeo chose IU in spite of his family lean toward another school.

  • for whom the balls roll

    Thanks, I see your point, but I still think there is a difference between his dad “didn’t want IU” and “IU was obviously not his top choice.” Not trying to split hairs here, and I do think AndyCapp was unnecessarily rude to you. You obviously thought through and studied your position before making any claims. Thanks.

  • AndyCapp

    Ummm, not so much, unless you like significant misquoting.

  • Hmm. If he wanted Romeo to go to Kansas, that implies he didn’t want Romeo to go to IU. Since he didn’t reveal which school it was, it was just easier to say he didn’t want IU. Anyway, the point is, the OP claimed there was a family lean toward IU and I wanted to point out that was specifically false. It was Romeo’s own decision in spite of family desires.

  • AndyCapp

    As “for whom the balls roll” pointed out, there is a difference… actually a BIG difference, between his dad saying “IU was obviously not his top choice” (what the dad said at 3:33) and what YOU said which was “his dad didn’t want IU”. Unlike *for whom* I don’t have any problems splitting hairs when you misquote someone so egregiously to try to make a point. I see you changed it now, but that was not even close to what you said originally.

  • AndyCapp

    I don’t think I was being unnecessarily rude to someone who significantly (note I did not say intentionally) misquotes to try to make a point. If he would have said originally that Romeo’s dad said “IU was obviously not his top choice” instead of the more inflammatory “didn’t want IU”, I wouldn’t have needed to retort anything at all. That’s not splitting hairs, there’s a significant difference between what was actually said and what Ocean noted in his original post.