2006 Focus: Luke Harangody

Luke Harangody didn't play the second half of the 2004 campaign because of a stress fracture in his back. He also didn't attend any of the shoe camps, so he's looking to get on the map this spring and summer.

Luke Harangody is a name few know much about outside of Gary, Ind. It's unlikely that'll be the case in July.

The 6-8, 245-pound Gary Andrean High (Ind.) power forward will get a chance to prove himself against some of the elite big men in the nation with his SWS traveling team.

``I was just starting to get my name out a little bit last summer," Harangody said. "Not nationally, because I didn't go to any camps."

Harangody, who averaged 23.5 points and 12.3 boards per game this season after missing the second half of last year with a stress fracture in his back, already has an invite to the Nike All-American Camp.

Harangody put up 30 and 18 in a sectional semifinal win against Lew Williams High. Then he went for 33 and 8 in a sectional title game against Gary Roosevelt before the team was upset in a Class 3A regional semifinal against Twin Lakes.

Harangody, who has a 3.1 GPA, is an intelligent player who plays hard, rebounds and can score in the low-post. He realizes he needs to try and get quicker and become more explosive.

``The best thing I do is get after it and get on the offensive boards," he said. "I'm a blue-collar guy. I'm not that quick, but I make up for it with hustle."

The comparisons have already begun to Wisconsin's Mike Wilkinson.

Harangody admits that playing time will be a factor, as will playing time. His father, Dave, played football at Indiana, so it's no surprise that the Hoosiers are on his list – as if Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue and Northwestern.

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