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Archbishop Carroll’s Luke House is Main Line Boys Athlete of the Week

The 6-foot-5 senior guard and captain has been a prolific performer for the Patriots this winter, averaging more than 15 points per game. Last winter, as a versatile guard/forward, House received All- Main Line basketball second team honors as he helped the Patriots advance to the PIAA Class 5A state quarterfinals. His brother Alex is a 6-foot-6 junior forward for the DeSales University men’s basketball team. Carroll boys basketball head coach Francis Bowe said, “Luke is one heck of a player but even a better person. He exemplifies what a true captain and leader is all about.”

Q: What area of your game do you feel you improved the most in the off-season?

A: The thing I really worked on the most in the off-season was my strength because I knew I needed to be strong to drive into the lane and finish when teams ran me off the three point line. 

Q: Earlier this season, you mentioned how the Carroll squad lifts weights every day there isn’t a game. Tell us a little about your weight lifting – what aspect of your game do you think is most affected (positively) by your weight lifting? 

A: I think my rebounding has been most positively affected by my lifting. I feel like I am rebounding well in traffic and it just seems a lot easier ripping rebounds from people now. 

Q: What is your most vivid memory of last season?

 A: My most vivid memory would have to be playing at the Palestra. The atmosphere there is amazing, it’s like nothing I’ve ever played at. 

Q: What do you think is the strongest aspect of your game? What part of your game are you working on the most currently?

A: My strongest aspect is definitely my shooting especially catch and shoot. I am really working hard at my quickness because I know that’s the weakest part of my game. 

Q: Tell us a little about your start in competitive basketball. Who have been your most important basketball mentors; and what was the most important thing you learned from each of them? 

A: I started playing basketball when I was 5 years old. My mom and dad got me into leagues and I would always go to the YMCA with my dad and brother on the weekends and I fell in love with the game. My dad has always been there for me – he wakes up three times a week at 5 a.m. and we go to the gym to work on my shooting – I think that is why I’m such a good shooter. The most important thing I learned from him is that an assist is better than a point. He always loved when I shared the ball so that’s why I’m not selfish on the court. My brother and my neighbor Fran would always play basketball in my driveway after school every day when we were young and it would always be those two vs me in a 2v1 game and I always lost, but i loved competing against them. My brother plays basketball in college now so we always workout together every chance we get and everything we do is a competition. The most important thing he has taught me is that no one can tell what I can be, not even him, because he always critiques me and I know he just does it because he wants the best for me. 

Q: Tell us a little about your pre-game preparation the day of a game.

A: If it’s a weekend game I’ll go to the sauna hot tub and pool before the game but if it’s a game after school I’ll just relax try to get some shots up and stretch a lot. 

Q: Who is your favorite basketball player, and why? 

A: Cedi Osman from the Cleveland Cavaliers . I think I play exactly like him so that’s why I like him. 

Q: What do you think you’d like to major in at college? Is there a career path that particularly interests you at the present time?

A: I think I’d like to major in business management. My goal is to play professional basketball overseas, though.

Fun facts – Luke House

Favorite TV show: Impractical Jokers. 

Favorite movie: The Blindside. 

Favorite athlete: Cedi Osman.

Favorite pre-game pump-up song: Zombie – Bad Wolves. 

Favorite team: 76ers. 

Favorite pre-game meal: Jersey Mike’s. 

Person I most admire, and why: “My brother – he’s my best friend and I look up to him. I always try to do what he does, and he’s the reason I play basketball and he’s definitely the reason I’m good because he pushes me harder than anyone else ever could.” 

Family members: parents Bob and Kim, brother Alex.

(To be selected as Main Line Boys Athlete of the Week, a student-athlete must first be nominated by his coach.)

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