UPDATED: Keion Brooks Jr. absent from North Side game Saturday, considering prep school

North Side junior Keion Brooks Jr. awaits an inbounds pass while being guarded by Homestead senior Sam Buck. (Photo by Dan Vance of news-sentinel.com)

THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH INFORMATION THAT KEION BROOKS JR. IS PRESENT AT NORTH SIDE FOR SCHOOL ON MONDAY.

North Side junior Keion Brooks Jr. did not travel with the Legends in Saturday’s 71-57 victory at Elkhart Central on Saturday, with sources informing The News-Sentinel that the standout is considering prep school.

Multiple attempts to reach the Brooks family and North Side head coach Shabaz Khaliq for comment on Saturday evening and Sunday morning were unsuccessful.

The News-Sentinel can confirm that Keion Brooks Jr. was present at North Side for school on Monday.

Brooks Jr., a 6-foot-9 forward, is one of the top national prospects in the Class of 2019 and is considered by many to be a frontrunner in the race for Indiana Mr. Basketball next season.

Brooks Jr. would not be the first local player to head to prep school recently. Just last week, South Side point guard Mikale Stevenson announced he would be leaving the school immediately to transfer to Lincoln Academy in Georgia.

Brooks has scored 1,397 points at North Side over two and a half years, all spent as one of the focal points in the lineup. He currently ranks as the No. 3 all-time scorer in program history, trailing only Eshaunte Jones and Justin Jordan.

As a freshman, Brooks averaged 17.1 points per game, then upped that average to 20.5 points per game as a sophomore as the Legends reached the Class 4A state title game. He is averaging close to 20 points per game this season for the Legends (14-4).

His last appearance was last Friday night in a 71-62 loss to Homestead. Brooks scored 21 points in the game, but only scored four points in the first half, not hitting a shot from the field until 33 seconds remaining in the first half.

THIS STORY WILL BE UPDATED AS NEW INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

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