NBPA Camp Focus: Luke Babbitt

Luke Babbitt jumped at the opportunity to participate in this weeks NBA Player's Association camp. Reno (his home) doesn't exactly have great competition and the camp in Richmond is giving him an opportunity to show off his skills against the best.

"That's why I like to come," Luke Babbitt said. "You don't want to play against guys that you can tear up all the time. You want to play against guys that can make you better."

That's the main reason he's happy he plays with the Las Vegas Prospects.

"I went to the adidas Superstar camp last year and I play with the Las Vegas prospects AAU team and that has really helped me get a lot of exposure. I was fortunate that the Las Vegas Prospects picked me up."

And the 6-8, 205-pounder continues to get a lot better. Babbitt had a good showing at the adidas Superstar Camp last year, but he's looked fabulous at the camp this past week.

His game looks a lot more complete than this time last year. He's rebounding the ball well, shooting jumpers at a good clip and his defense continues to improve.

"I've been trying to work on defense and work on moving my feet," he said. "I've also been trying to work on my ball handling. I've been working on that in practice and during individual work outs. During the game my focus is on defense."

Babbitt's game is looking great just in time for college coaches to check him out. In the upcoming open period Babbitt will play in the adidas Superstar Camp again and he expects coaches from a number of high majors to see him play.

Syracuse, Washington, Nevada and Michigan have all offered him a scholarship and Duke, Illinois and UCLA are actively recruiting him as well.

"Coach Wojo calls my coach a lot," Babbitt said. "I've talked to them a couple of times."

His recruitment is still a long way off from being complete - however he does know exactly what he's looking for in a college a home.

"Coaching staff," he said. "I want to have a really good relationship with the Head Coach. Kind of the whole thing really I want to feel comfortable there. I want to get a lot better and have a coach that will push me and make me better."

He's already visited Washington and UCLA and has a trip scheduled for Texas in a couple of months.


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