Rumors gaining steam that Keion Brooks Jr. is headed elsewhere

North Side's Keion Brooks Jr. looks to score against the defense of South Side junior Amari Hall on December 30, 2017 during the finals of the SAC Holiday Tournament at Wayne High School. (Photo by Dan Vance of The News-Sentinel)

UPDATE: This story has been updated with a comment from Keion Brooks Sr. received by News-Sentinel.com

Senior-to-be Keion Brooks Jr. will not return to North Side High School for his final year of high school basketball News-Sentinel.com has learned from multiple sources.

Those sources say Brooks Jr. is looking to play his final season of high school basketball at LaPorte’s La Lumiere School, considered one of the best prep schools in the Midwest, if not the country.

On Saturday, his father (and former North Side assistant coach) Keion Brooks Sr. tweeted “Not official!” within an hour of an account that reported the move to La Lumiere as a done deal. That tweet by Brooks Sr. has been cited by multiple outlets as pertaining to Brooks Jr.’s future despite the lack of context contained in the original tweet.

“Haven’t made a decision yet still trying to decide,” Brooks Sr. told News-Sentinel.com on Saturday afternoon after this story was originally published.

Brooks Jr. was in attendance at North Side’s open gym on Tuesday, July 24 but did not participate due to tendonitis. He was also able to meet and talk with new coach Gary Andrews for the first time. Brooks Jr. spoke to local media at North Side that night about getting to work. Brooks is in Fort Wayne this weekend with Spiece Indy Heat at the GRBA Nationals, but has not played as he stays on the mend, despite being in uniform and warming up with the team in pregame.

Brooks Jr. became North Side’s single game scoring leader on December 15 of last year when he scored 52 points in a win over Snider. He scored 573 points (22.9 per game) as a junior to climb into second on the school’s all-time scoring list behind Eshaunte Jones. Brooks grabbed a team high 9.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks and was third in assists at 2.5 per game. Brooks Jr. was named All-SAC First Team and News-Sentinel.com All-Area. On March 21, Brooks was named to the Indiana Junior All-Star core team.

Sources indicated to News-Sentinel.com in January that Brooks Jr. could be considering prep school after he did not travel with the team to a Saturday night game in Elkhart following an alleged disagreement between the family and then coach Shabaz Khaliq. The family refuted those reports and Brooks Jr. remained in school at North Side and as part of the team through their run to a Sectional title.

Fort Wayne’s Raphael Davis attended La Lumiere after transferring from South Side. He graduated from the school in 2012 before going on to be a Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year at Purdue. The program’s most recent notable player was Jaren Jackson Jr., who left Indianapolis’ Park Tudor to attend the school. He played one year at Michigan State before being selected fourth in this past June’s NBA Draft.

The Spartans are one of Brooks Jr.’s top 10 teams according to a list released earlier this summer. They have often been considered a front runner for his services throughout high school.

MLIVE.com reported recently that Brooks Jr. hopes to trim his list of ten schools (Georgetown, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Texas, UCLA) down to five during the month of August.

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.

This story will be updated as more information is made available.

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