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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Keion Brooks Jr. said today he would be leaving North Side to attend La Lumiere, a prep academy.

Friday, August 03, 2018 2:10 pm

Keion Brooks Jr. leaving North Side for La Lumiere

Elizabeth Wyman | The Journal Gazette

Keion Brooks Jr. will not return to North Side for his senior season, he announced on Twitter today. He will transfer to La Lumiere School, a prep academy in LaPorte.

Rumors about Brooks Jr. transferring have circulated throughout the summer. Brooks Jr. told The Journal Gazette last week that he was considering La Lumiere, Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, and Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida, as well as staying at North Side.

Former North Side boys basketball coach Shabaz Khaliq resigned in May after accepting a head coaching position at Richmond High School. Gary Andrews was hired to be the next Legends head coach in June.

Brooks Jr's. dad, Keion Brooks Sr., had been assistant coach for the team the past few seasons and was reportedly also in the mix as a candidate for the job.

La Lumiere has an impressive resume of producing top basketball players, including Jaren Jackson Jr., who was the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NBA draft.

Brooks Jr. spent much of the summer with the Spiece Indy Heat. While he didn't play much, suffering from tendinitis, Brooks Jr. hit a game-winning buzzer-beater against the Ohio Hoopsters to win the championship 79-77.

The 6-foot-7 power forward narrowed down his college destinations in June to 10, including Michigan, Michigan State, Texas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, UCLA, Iowa, Purdue and Georgetown.

Brooks had 575 career points at North Side, including holding the record for most points scored in a game, with 52 on Dec. 15. Rivals.com has the power forward ranked 15th nationally for the class of 2019.

ewyman@jg.net