Well enough on Sacramento and let's jump to the article at hand. I was fortunate to watch a 5+ star Reno basketball phenom play at a preseason tournament in the Sacramento area. I'm talking about Luke Babbitt of Galena High School from Reno, Nevada. Babbitt is a power forward that stands 6' – 8" tall. He's a lefty and weighs in at 215 pounds. He was playing in the Mark Macres Tournament at Monterey Trails High School (a relatively new school in Elk Grove, Ca with a pretty good team). Luke Babbitt is the all time leading scorer in Nevada's history. I watched him play against Edison High School, of Stockton, at the tournament and he was fun to watch.
It's been written that Luke Babbitt is a potential all American candidate and prospective NBA player as well. Having watched him play I can't argue. He's a high major prospect, one of the nation's top 300. Babbitt is currently ranked 6th in his position and 25th overall by Scout.com.
Babbitt can put the ball on the floor and beat his man off of the dribble, drive to the basket for a lay-up or dunk, or pull up for the mid range jumper or step back for the 3 pointer. He is such a smart player and you can see it when he dunks. Why do I say that? Well, he dunks because it's the most efficient play to make to deliver the rock to the basket not to show boat.
Now the game I watched was special. It was notably Babbitt's best game of the season against a pretty good team. He scored a season high 42 points, had 3 steals, 11 - 2 pointers, 3 – 3 pointers, 11 for 11 at the line (perfection), 23 rebounds, 4 assist, 3 steals, and 2 blocks, talk about production – wow!! He's currently averaging 29.9 points per game, 13.2 rebounds per game, 2 steals per game, and 3.5 assist per game.
Luke Babbitt has offers from Gonzaga, UCLA, Ohio State, Arizona State, Michigan, Syracuse, UNLV, USC, and Washington. He‘s decided to stay close to home and play for Nevada. No matter what conference he plays he will be a force to reckon with. He's decided to join the Wolfpack.
Whether he plays in the Pac-10, Big East, Big 10 or WAC conference, Babbitt is definitely not a follower but will be a "Leader of the Pack".