It’s official: Keion Brooks Jr. will transfer to La Lumiere School
The rumors are no more and Keion Brooks Jr. will officially leave North Side to play his senior season at La Lumiere School near LaPorte. Brooks leaving North Side was first reported by News-Sentinel.com last Saturday, July 28 with heavy rumors pointing to La Lumiere being his destination.
I want to thank the city Fort Wayne for all the love and support. I also want to thank Northside for 3 amazing years, I’ll always be a Redskin/Legend❤️. But for my senior year I’ll be attending La Lumiere #TheNextChapter pic.twitter.com/JikEu6jyaa
— Keion Brooks Jr. (@KeionB_12) August 3, 2018
The official news brings to an end an eight month stretch of rumors and whispers about Brooks Jr.’s future. Signs of a separation from North Side began in January after an alleged dispute between the Brooks family and then-North Side coach Shabaz Khaliq after a loss to Homestead. Brooks Jr. did not travel with the Legends the next day for a game at Elkhart Central. Brooks Jr. ultimately stayed at North Side and helped the team to a Sectional title and birth in the Regional finals, where they lost to Carmel.
Rumors persisted after Khaliq’s exit to coach at Richmond High School that Brooks could leave as well. His father, Keion Brooks Sr., was a candidate to fill the North Side coaching vacancy, but Gary Andrews was ultimately named the new coach.
Brooks Jr. spent most of the final two weeks of the summer basketball season on the bench for Spiece Indy Heat with tendonitis in his knees, but did warm up with the team before games. On July 29, Brooks Jr. emerged to play in the GRBA National Title game in front of coaches like Indiana’s Archie Miller and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo. Brooks Jr. hit a buzzer beater against the Ohio Hoopsters to win the title, 79-77.
Brooks Jr. is currently ranked as high as ninth nationally, that ranking coming from 247 Sports. His 247 composite ranking is 15th, that includes rankings from other recruiting outlets, including the ESPN 100 where he is ranked 25th. At La Lumiere, Brooks will not be eligible to be Indiana’s Mr. Basketball.
His list of potential college suitors should be knocked down from 10 to five schools soon. According to 247 Sports’ predictions, Michigan State is the favorite to land Brooks, followed by Indiana and Kentucky.
New La Lumiere teammate Isaiah Stewart is ranked 6th nationally by 247 Sports. That website’s top 12 seniors from Indiana also includes La Lumiere’s Emanuel Miller, Jakov Kukic and Paxson Wojcik.