Keion Brooks, a veteran forward at Kentucky, who has appeared in 80 games and made 42 starts for the Wildcats over 3 seasons, has announced his plans ahead of next season.

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Brooks wrote on Monday on social media that he plans to submit his name for the NBA Draft and go through the NBA’s evaluation process. Brooks does not plan to hire an agent at this time, although he can sign with an agent, receive feedback and still return to school. The deadline to return to school is June 1.

“First off, I would like to thank God for blessing me and putting me in this position,” Brooks said. “Secondly, I would like to thank all my teammates and coaches along the way for helping me prepare and pushing me to be the best player I can be. With that being said, I am looking forward to the next chapter and I will enter my name into the NBA Draft while maintaining my college eligibility. I appreciate all the love and support as I work toward chasing my dream of playing in the NBA.”

Brooks this past season averaged a career-high 10.8 points per game and shot a career-best 49.1 percent from the field. He also produced career bests in steals, blocks, assists, 3-pointers, and total rebounds.

Brooks may be most remembered for a career-high 27 points and 8 rebounds when UK beat Kansas 80-62 in one of the Wildcats’ biggest wins of the season.