As Luke continued to grow and develop, his dad noticed something special in him. So, in sixth grade, his dad decided to step down as a high school coach to focus on Luke and his game. At the time, Luke was devasted because, as he said, “It meant that I couldn’t go to the games with him coaching.” However, as he looked back on it, he realizes the selfless sacrifice that his father had made. That commitment to Luke and his game led to many late nights and long drives to and from tournaments. This continued into high school for Luke and his family.
In high school, Luke continued to work on his game. During his freshman year, he got to work with his dad when he was an assistant coach for Lake Catholic. However, Luke’s dad realized he preferred to be on the other side. So, after his freshman year, he went back to just working with Luke. Luke and his dad would train together, watch games together, and work on improving his basketball IQ.
Luke is the first to admit that, while he was working hard on his craft, it took a late growth spurt to really propel him forward. After growing over five inches from his freshman year to his junior year, he started to change his game. He went from a straight shooter to more of a blend of driving to the rim and shooting. This allowed him to get a lot more looks from Division I schools. However, it wasn’t until the summer between his junior and senior year that he received an offer from the University of Dayton.