This week two former Wildcats have been participating in the invite-only NBA G League Camp in Chicago. Keion Brooks and Kellan Grady have been executing drills and performing in scrimmages in front of league scouts and executives, hoping to impress some teams and earn an invite to the NBA Draft Combine from excelling in the event.
In Game 1, Kellan Grady finished with a slow 5 points on 2/5 shooting (1/4 three-pointer) with 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 turnovers across 18.4 minutes. Keion Brooks didn't exactly do much either, tallying in 4 points on 1/6 shooting with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 turnover in under 18 minutes of floor time. Day one wasn't the best showcase of skill for our guys, but day two got better... for one of them.
In the second outing in the Windy City, Kellan Grady caught fire scoring 14 points on 4/9 shooting (only shot threes), with 3 rebounds and 1 assist in just 21 minutes. Keion (Brooks) on the other hand didn't ever find his rhythm, as he walked away with just 4 points on 1/3 shooting backed by 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block in nearly 16 minutes of action.
Keion showed that he's a versatile player that can do a little of a lot of different things, but didn't show that he can score at a high clip like we know he can in certain moments. He really needed that to happen for him this week and sadly it just did not. Kellan proved that he was what they thought he was by scoring from deep consistently, and that's all he really needed to do. He was never thought to be anything more than a pure scorer, and he went out and did that in day two.
"Grandad" mended up getting a lot of praise online from his ability to knock down the deep ball at a high rate.
I feel for Keion, I do, but it's evident he needs another year of college, if not some other professional route, before getting a legit chance to play in the NBA's G League. The talent is just too much for him to go against at this moment, which is why I expect him to return to college (name is still in the portal) or to try overseas basketball for a few seasons.
I firmly believe Kellan Grady will find himself in the role of getting to try out for a lot of different teams in the early years of his career, and if the right fit ever came along he could adopt a Kyle Korver role with an offense somewhere, but never becoming a dominant threat in the NBA. If I had to make my best guess, Kellan intrigues me as one of those guys who goes over to Italy and makes a good living averaging 23 points a night across the world.
I mean, at the end of the day, if you're getting paid to play the game you love, that's the goal, and these guys will take it however they can get it. I cannot blame them, but this is just how I expect their routes to head towards over the next few years.
They both know this fanbase will still be following them wherever they wind up.