GARY | Eugene German is the Amelia Earhart of Region boys basketball. But unlike the famous pilot who disappeared somewhere over the Pacific in 1937, German has been found.
His sister, Princess German, starred for Bowman Academy's girls hoops team, set the program's career scoring mark, went to the University of Milwaukee and is now at the University of Indianapolis.
Eugene, on the other hand, was a prized find of former Andrean coach Carson Cunningham. He didn't last on Broadway very long.
“He was asked to leave,” 21st Century coach Rodney Williams said.
He then went to Roosevelt. Tick. Tick. Tock.
“He lasted there for about two minutes,” Williams said.
His brother David German had played at 21st Century before graduating last year. That sure is a lot of schools for one family.
That's more uniforms than Chucky Brown and Jim Jackson combined. Almost.
“Eugene started with us and we're glad he's back home,” Williams said.
The 5-foot-9 sophomore point guard scored 29 points in Tuesday's 87-82 win over Lew Wallace, the first victory by the Gary charter school over a Gary public school. He had 27 in the season opener against Indianapolis Tindley.
On Friday night at the John Will Anderson Boys & Girls Club at the former Tolleston Middle/High School in Gary, German scored 14 points, had 10 assists and six steals in the Cougars' 67-50 win over the Indianapolis Home School Wildcats.
German is unbelievably talented. His quickness and game brain is top shelf. He can drive to the basket and avoid contact and, most importantly, finish with the best of them. He had several SportsCenter highlight assists in the third quarter. One was an alley-oop to David Jernigan. Another was a steal and half-court pass to Alec Boose for another dunk.
Class A teams in Northwest Indiana will come to disdain the name German over the next three Marches.
The Cougars made history last March in winning the school's first sectional championship. Teamed with senior guard Dantrell Hurt, 21st Century is already an early favorite for this year's sectional.
“I've had to adapt to every school I've been to,” German said. “I love this group of guys. We're a quick team that likes to push the tempo.”
In the summer German plays for SYF. He's being recruited by Western Michigan, Detroit, UIC and Northern Arizona. That list, for sure, will keep getting longer.
He is surrounded by a good group of players at 21 Cent.
Hurt scored 12 and so did Arnez Cathey.
The list isn't long in the Class A world of teams with two better guards than Hurt and German.
“We've got a lot of work to do,” Williams said. “It's a work in progress. He still makes young mistakes but he's got a lot of game. His future is bright.”
So, too, is his team's.