Brooks scores big to close out Pac-12 basketball

Keion Brooks Jr. wins the scoring title in the last Pac-12 basketball season ever.

Keion Brooks Jr. raised his game to become the fourth Husky to lead the Pac-12 in scoring.

The Pac-12 is no more, but the Huskies men’s basketball team bid farewell in style. Keion Brooks Jr. finished with the conference’s best points-per-game average (21.3) and total points (661). Brooks, a 6-foot-7-inch forward transfer from basketball powerhouse Kentucky, wrapped up his collegiate career with two seasons at Washington after spending his first three seasons with the Wildcats. In addition to playing in all 31 games, he scored fewer than 12 points just once and topped 30 points three times, including a career-high of 35.

Brooks is the fourth Husky to lead the Pac-12 in scoring since 1978. Terrell Brown Jr. led the conference in scoring in 2021-22 with 21.7 points per game, Markelle Fultz did so in 2016-17 with 23.2 points per game, and Andrew Andrews was the 2015-16 top scorer with 20.9 points per game.

“The scoring title is not something I take lightly but I would trade it for some more wins,” he said.

Brooks, a 6’7″ forward from Fort Wayne, Ind., earned a spot on the Pac-12 All Conference First Team, an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the conference.