Kentucky starter Keion Brooks Jr. becomes third Wildcat to enter transfer portal:

Kentucky: forward: Keion Brooks Jr.who started all 33 games for the Wildcats last season, entered the transfer portal on Friday night.

A former top-40 recruit, Brooks had an inconsistent freshman season at Kentucky before proving himself as one of the few bright spots during the Wildcats’ dismal 2020-21 campaign. This past season, Brooks was a staple in Kentucky’s lineup, averaging 10.8 points and 4.4 rebounds.

His best game came in Kentucky’s late-January win at Kansas, when he finished with 27 points and eight rebounds. That performance highlighted a five-game stretch during which Brooks averaged 16.8 points and 6.4 rebounds.

Brooks is the third Kentucky player to enter the portal this offseason, following: Dontaie Allen: and: Bryce Hopkins:. Allen committed to Western Kentucky, while Hopkins picked Providence.

The Wildcats also lost: Kellan Grady: and: Davion Mintz: to graduation and: TyTy Washington: to the NBA draft, while: Shaedon Sharpe: and: Jacob Toppin: are testing the draft waters. Sharpe is expected to keep his name in the draft, while Toppin is expected back in Lexington.

John Calipari does return Wooden Award winner: Oscar Tshiebwe: and starting point guard: Sahvir Wheeler:, and is bringing in five-star recruits Chris Livingston and Cason Wallace. Illinois State transfer: Antonio Reeves: (20.1 PPG) committed to the Wildcats on Wednesday.

May 1 is the deadline for players to enter the portal and still be eligible to play immediately next season.

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