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Username Post: Petrasek        (Topic#20094)
Posts: 33

Age: 29
Reg: 12-31-13
03-08-17 02:45 PM - Post#225619    

It's odd to me that there has been no thread marking the end of Luke Petrasek's career at Columbia.

In the UPENN game, Luke surpassed the 1,000 point mark in his career. He was a highly cerebral player with a great all-around game (defense, passing, scoring -- AND in that order!).

Luke played increasingly conservatively as his career progressed, acclimating to the Ivy pace and tenor of play. As a freshman, he dunked the ball much more frequently and also swatted more shots. As he got older, he became a key cog in "the system". This year, he was the floor general when out there, consistently getting guidance from Engles while in the game.

I think the upside for Luke is extraordinarily high. At the very least, he can play competitively in Europe, and it would not shock me if he played in the NBA one day. Tall shooters like Vladimir Radmanovich, Raef Lafrentz, and Keith Van Horn all had nice careers (not to mention Toni Kukoc, Dirk Nowitzki, and some of the elite big men with a shot).

I think we should celebrate Luke's career -- he was really a core part of some lovely basketball and great teams. His games against St Johns, Yale (at home in 2017) K-state, UC-Irvine and Manhattan (2015-2016) all stand out as high-impact performances.

Thanks Luke for the dedication and great play

Columbia Alum 
Posts: 201

Age: 31
Reg: 11-15-11
03-09-17 10:19 AM - Post#225849    
    In response to randal7

We'd definitely be a lot worse off without him this year. He held us up at many important times and will leave big (pun intended) shoes to fill. I think he has great potential as a long wing who can shoot. If he bulks up and improves his inside game and interior defense he could do well at the pro level as well. I appreciate all his contributions and wish him the best, he still has serious potential.

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Loc: Los Angeles
Reg: 11-21-04
04-24-17 11:06 AM - Post#228885    
    In response to Columbia Alum

3rd team all-Met
west coast fan

Chet Forte 
PhD Student
Posts: 1774

Reg: 03-02-08
04-24-17 01:53 PM - Post#228891    
    In response to internetter

I think the issue with Luke goes back to his breakout game as a freshman, against St. John's, when he went off for over 20 and was basically unstoppable. His potential seemed limitless at that time. And while he was a very good player for us this year, he had a few games where he was invisible. But more fundamentally, he has the talent to be a repeat first team all Ivy and senior year POY but never reached his potential. Compare him to a guy like Weiss, who had much less talent but willed himself into becoming an outstanding player. I don't know if Luke just wasn't hungry enough, or if he lacked the strength to play inside more, or if something else was holding him back, but he never quite became what I thought he could be, a dominant one man game changer.

Chet Forte 
PhD Student
Posts: 1774

Reg: 03-02-08
04-24-17 01:53 PM - Post#228892    
    In response to Chet Forte

Meant Weisz. As in Spencer.

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