X-factor in season debut Brooks had 12 points (6-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt), six rebounds and four assists across 25 minutes off the bench in Saturday's 76-58 victory over Florida.
Impact While the Wildcats got off to a rough start, Kentucky is now 3-0 in SEC play and is getting back a key player in Brooks. While Kentucky brass attempted to downplay Brooks' usage earlier in the week, he ultimately far exceeded expectations as the most productive reserve while tying for the team lead in rebounding. Considering Brooks apparently hasn't seen much 5-on-5 work after missing the first nine games of the season, it seems there's some ceiling here he has yet to reach. Brooks and the Wildcats next have an up-tempo matchup against Alabama on Tuesday.
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