Luke Harangody is the power forward and star player for the University of Notre Dame‘s Men’s basketball program and will be the focus of opposing teams all season long. But before the NCAA season officially tips off this year, Harangody has already received the attention of the Associated Press and has been named a 2009 preseason All-American. Luke didn’t just make the All-American team, but he lead all players in voting with 57 of the 65 available votes.
In his senior season, Harangody has a chance to to rewrite not only the Irish record books but also the Big East’s. However, the opportunity to graduate as the Big East’s all-time leader in both points and rebounds is secondary to Luke’s ultimate goal. The two time All-American would like nothing more than to cut down the nets after winning the 2010 NCAA Men’s Final Four Tournament ,which will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis this coming year.
Every college basketball player wants to win it all during March Madness, but this year’s tourney would have special meaning to Luke Harangody because he is a life-long Hoosier. After all it is only fitting that the most touted player in college basketball should hail from the great state of Indiana.
Harangody grew up in Schererville, IN which is a little town 148 miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis. Luke starred at Andrean High School in Merrillville, IN where he earned the reputation as one of the best basketball players in Indiana.
Luke comes from an athletic family which includes both a father and older brother who played football for Indiana University. While the 6-foot 8-inch, 25o pound frame of Harangody’s would have made him an excellent target as a football tight end, his love for basketball won out and it seems to have proven the wise choice.
One list Harangody, and his fellow University of Notre Dame teammates, don’t find themselves on this preseason is the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 coaches poll. This is due to the hot and cold season last year that was mostly cold, and saw the Fighting Irish playing in the NIT Tournament and not the NCAA Tournament.
Things were looking as though Notre Dame might be headed in the same direction when Harangody flirted with the idea of going pro after last season. But the 2008 Big East Player of the Year decided to come back to South Bend for his senior year. While his ultimate goal is to get the Irish to their first Final Four appearance since the 1978 season, no one will fault him if he hits some all-time milestones along the way.
Entering this season Luke has 1,823 career points and need just 739 to overtake current all-time Irish point scorer Austin Carr. If he can pull down 370 boards this season he will find himself atop of the Notre Dame career rebounds list as well.
Last year Luke averaged 23.3 points and 11.8 rebounds a game. He was the only player in the NCAA to be in the top-10 of both categories last season. If Harangody can average 20.6 points and 9.0 rebounds during his senior campaign he will finish as the Big East all-time leader for both. A feat that is currently held by two Syracuse players, Lawrence Moten and Derrick Coleman respectively.
|A video of University of Notre Dame’s power forward Luke Harangody showing
off his skills which will one day soon land him in the NBA.
While he has already accomplished more than most college players could ever dream of, Luke Harnagody wants more; not only for himself but for the entire Notre Dame basketball program. Before he becomes an everyday player in the NBA, he has one more season to leave those Irish eyes smiling.
Luke Harangody’s Career Achievements
2007 Big East All-Rookie Team
2008 First Team All-Big East
2008 Big Eat Player of the Year
2008 NABC First Team All-American
2008 Associated Press Second Team All-American
2008 USBWA Second Team All-American
2008 Sporting News Second Team All-American
2009 First Team All-Big East
2009 State Farm/NABC Third Team All-American
2009 John R. Wooden All-American
2009 Dick Vitale All-American
2009 Associated Press Second Team All-American
2009 USBWA Second Team All-American
2009 preseason Associated Press First Team All-American