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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette The future of Keion Brooks Jr. at North Side may be uncertain, as he's spoken with prep academies.

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Saturday, August 04, 2018 1:00 am

Brooks saying goodbye to North

Star forward to enroll at La Lumiere for senior year

Elizabeth Wyman | The Journal Gazette

High school basketball star Keion Brooks Jr. will not return to North Side for his senior season, he announced Friday on Twitter. He has opted to transfer to La Lumiere School, a prep academy in LaPorte.

Rumors about Brooks transferring had circulated throughout the summer, and he told The Journal Gazette last week that he had been considering La Lumiere, Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, and Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida, but that he hadn't ruled out staying at North Side.

Former North Side boy's basketball coach Shabaz Khaliq resigned in May after accepting a head coaching position at Richmond High School.

Gary Andrews, who had led the Bishop Luers' girls team to multiple state titles and Saint Francis' women to an NAIA national championship, was hired to be the next Legends head coach in June.

Brooks' father, 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 résumé of producing top basketball players, including Jaren Jackson Jr., the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NBA draft after playing at Michigan State.

Brooks spent much of the summer with the Spiece Indy Heat. While he didn't play much suffering from tendinitis, Brooks hit a game-winning buzzer beater against the Ohio Hoopsters to win the Gym Rats Basketball Association 17U National Championship, 79-77, on Sunday.

The 6-foot-7 forward narrowed down his college destinations in June to 10: 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 forward ranked 15 nationally for the class of 2019.

Brooks couldn't be reached for comment. His father declined to speak to The Journal Gazette on Friday night.

ewyman@jg.net