Local farm hand Luke Huggins has signed semi-pro terms and hopes to become a key part in Lynn Fury’s National Basketball League story, writes Louie Mitchell.
From joining Fury when he was just 14, on leaving school Luke was unsure on his future path, whether to study Agriculture or attend the CWA Basketball academy.
He chose to follow his heart and in 2013/14 enrolled in the Lynn college program. On his debut Huggins scored 22 points as the undefeated side were named West Norfolk Sports Team of the Year.
In Luke’s final year at CWA he was named as captain and showed tremendous leadership as he juggled working on the farm, studying full time and playing senior NBL.
The side finished as East Region Tournament and Cup winners, and sixth in the AoC National Finals.
In his second year at CWA Luke made the Senior NBL side and totalled 12 points in 23 minutes on his debut aged 17, adding important contributions as Fury reached the play-off finals.
In 2015/16 Luke was a key Senior player, and didn’t miss a single game, moving into the starting five.
Huggins said: “I’m looking forward to the next season with several new players coming into the club and turning pro. I hope I can be a big part of the club’s future.”
Head coach James Bamfield said: “I love Luke’s engine – he has really quick feet and gets out well in transition. He’s also very unselfish and I always feel that when he’s on court it improves our ball and player movement. He is also an excellent shooter. The real key for him has been his defence though.”
Photo: Ernesta Eivaite