Luke Babbitt is undoubtedly one of the most talented, hard-working, and well-known basketball players ever raised in Northern Nevada. After moving to Reno from Cincinnati, OH, Luke attended Huffaker Elementary and began playing year-round basketball for the Reno Ballers at the 9th St. Boys and Girls Club. By the time Luke started attending Pine Middle School, he was in a league of his own at the local level and emerging as one of the west coast’s top recruits.
Luke’s career at Galena High was so highly decorated that it is nearly impossible to list his numerous accomplishments. In short, he is the all time leading scorer in Nevada 4A high school history with 2,616 points and was ranked 30th in the nation his senior year by Rivals.com. Starting as a freshman on Varsity, he made significant contributions to the 2005 Galena Grizzlies Regional Championship Team. Although the team lost at the state tournament, Luke caught the attention of the Las Vegas Prospects, an AAU team he played with for the next several years. This opportunity gave him access to the elite national tournaments that attract the nation’s best scouts and coaches. His added strength combined with his basketball IQ and Hoosier-like shooting touch resulted in the emergence of a truly prolific scorer. After winning two zone championships, a state title, 2x Nevada Gatorade POY, and being selected a McDonalds American, dozens of elite college coaches nationwide visited Reno to watch him play and to discuss scholarships in person.
Luke decided to stay close to home and attend the University of Nevada where he was first team all-conference his freshman and sophomore seasons and the conference POY his sophomore year. His shooting numbers were off the charts his sophomore season, and he greatly impressed NBA scouts and front offices during the pre-draft workouts. He was selected 16th overall to the Minnesota Timberwolves and immediately traded to the Portland Trail Blazers. Luke’s professional career has been blessed with many different opportunities: he’s done well in the NBA, shined in the D-League, played overseas in Russia, and he last played for the Miami Heat. Luke had a 40% career 3 point shooter and had a total of 394 career 3 pointers made in the NBA.