Five-star Fort Wayne (Ind.) North Side small forward Keion Brooks owns nearly two dozen offers, and on Sunday evening Brooks trimmed his list of options to 10 schools.
Texas is among the programs still being considered, along with Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, UCLA, Georgetown, Iowa and Purdue.
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— Keion Brooks Jr. (@KeionB_12) June 11, 2018
Kansas, Louisville, Florida State, Kansas State and USC are among the programs that were left on the outside of Brooks’ recruitment looking in.
An elite prospect who averaged 22.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game as a junior, Brooks’ inclusion of Texas is interesting considering that the Longhorns became the very latest to extend an offer on May 3.
Texas’ inclusion speaks of Brooks’ initial interest in the Longhorns. To ultimately remain a factor as Brooks’ recruitment heats up, though, getting the Indiana native to the Forty Acres will be essential, as Texas doesn’t enjoy the luxury of proximity that programs such as Kentucky, Purdue and Indiana do.
That said, Shaka Smart has navigated the national landscape quite successfully at Texas. Of the 10 members who make up Smart’s two most recent classes in 2017 and 2018, six come from outside of the Lone Star State.
There’s work to be done, though.
Michigan State, Kentucky and Indiana are considered the early leaders for the 6-foot-8 Brooks, who’s ranked as the nation’s No. 23 player and the No. 5 small forward, per the 247Sports composite.