Babbitt Closing In

Luke Babbitt begins the postseason tonight when the Galena High (Reno. Nev.) junior forward starts his march towards a state title. Then, after his season concludes, he'll put his focus into deciding which of his five finalists will receive a verbal pledge.

Luke Babbitt is a little more than a month away from making one program extremely happy.

The 6-foot-8, 215-pound Galena High (Nev.) junior forward plans to make a decision prior to going out on the AAU circuit with the Las Vegas Prospects in April.

But for now, Babbitt is focused on high school.

Babbitt's team finished the regular-season 18-9 and 12-0 in league play. Two of the team's losses came to Artesia High (Calif.) and Galena also took a few other hits while playing a national non-conference schedule.

Babbitt's worked on his strength, quickness and athleticism and its paid dividends. The versatile forward is averaging 27 points and 10 boards per game while scoring from just about everywhere on the court.

The postseason begins tonight for Babbitt and his teammates when Galena faces North Valley at home.

``We have to win five or six games to win the state title," Babbitt said. "But it's not going to be easy. It's going to be a challenge to win it."

When Babbitt's season ends, then he'll turn his attention to picking a school among his five finalists – UCLA, Ohio State, Arizona, Gonzaga and hometown Nevada.

``I'm planning on getting it down before April," he said.

Babbitt has visited each of the four schools – except for Gonzaga.

``I'm going to look at a lot of things," said Babbitt, who is from Ohio and recently attended a Buckeyes game. "But the most important thing is feeling comfortable with the staff and the players that are there."

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