MISHAWAKA — Jordan Geist, who earned an Indiana Junior All-Star selection this past summer with his play at Penn, is enrolled at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne and “will be going out for the basketball team there,” his father said Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Scott DeCocker-Geist said he enrolled his son and daughter, sophomore Jazmyne Geist, at Homestead on or around July 31, after accepting a job as assistant principal at Fairfield Elementary School in Fort Wayne.
DeCocker-Geist, who had been an assistant principal at Concord Intermediate, said he began pursuing a number of possible jobs outside the area last April and did so based on his own circumstances.
“The move was motivated by a job,” DeCocker-Geist said. “That’s why Jordan’s not at Penn. If he were at Penn, he would’ve been on the basketball team.”
Penn athletic director Ben Karasiak said the school is not contesting the transfers.
“It’s a legitimate family move on their part, and IHSAA guidelines clearly state full eligibility in those cases,” Karasiak said.
Jazmyne Geist played both volleyball and basketball last school year at Penn.
Jordan Geist, a 6-foot-1, ultra-quick point guard, paced coach Al Rhodes’ Kingsmen boys basketball team to the best record in program history last winter at 23-2.
An Elkhart Truth All-Area first-teamer — and second overall in votes to Northridge senior Nate Ritchie — Geist averaged 17.7 points, 3.7 assists and 2.5 steals as Penn won the Northern Indiana Conference, the Class 4A South Bend Washington Sectional and advanced to the championship of the Michigan City Regional.
In the regional, Geist turned heads aplenty, pouring in 52 points over two games as the Kingsmen defeated Concord 66-51 and narrowly fell to eventual state runner-up Lake Central 57-55.
Geist then went on to a stellar summer effort with the Junior All-Stars. He was their leading scorer during a two-game sweep of the Kentucky Junior All-Stars with 36 points and had 19 points during a pair of losses to the Indiana All-Stars.
DeCocker-Geist said his son continues to draw interest from “many” Division I schools.
At Homestead, Geist will potentially be united with Caleb Swanigan, the top-rated college prospect in the state. Swanigan, a 6-8 center, is ranked No. 17 in the country by ESPN for the class of 2015.
He paced Homestead to a 20-8 mark last winter with 4A sectional and regional titles. The Spartans lost 79-57 to Lake Central in the northern semistate.