Luke Babbitt on 14 January 2011
|No. 5 – Nizhny Novgorod|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
June 20, 1989 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Galena (Reno, Nevada)|
|NBA draft||2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall|
|Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Pro playing career||2010–present|
|2010–2013||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2010–2012||→Idaho Stampede (D-League)|
|2013–present||Nizhny Novgorod (Russia)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Luke Robert Babbitt (born June 20, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for Nizhny Novgorod of the Russian Professional Basketball League (PBL). He played college basketball at the University of Nevada-Reno for two seasons before declaring for the 2010 NBA Draft following his sophomore year. He was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 16th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, then traded to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Babbitt was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the age of nine his family moved to Reno, Nevada. Babbitt attended Galena High School, where he was a 3-time All-State performer and a 2-time Gatorade State Player of the Year in basketball. As a junior, Babbitt averaged 27.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while leading Galena to a state championship. Babbitt finished his high school career by scoring 2,616 points, breaking future college teammate Armon Johnson's Nevada state scoring record. Babbitt was ranked the #13 recruit in the nation according to ESPNU 100. He was recruited by University of Nevada-Reno, Ohio State University, Gonzaga University, University of Arizona and University of California, Los Angeles.
After originally verbally committing to Ohio State, Babbitt backed out and decided to attend the University of Nevada-Reno. In his first game, Babbitt recorded a 20 point, 12 rebound double-double versus Montana State. He went on to average 16.9 points per game during his freshman year including a season-high 30 points on March 12, 2009 versus San Jose State. In his sophomore season, Babbitt led the team in scoring with 21.9 points per game. He scored a career-high 33 points in the Western Athletic Conference tournament semifinals on March 13, 2010 versus New Mexico State. Despite losing that game and ending their hopes of going to the NCAA Tournament, Nevada was invited to the NIT, where they lost in the second round to the University of Rhode Island. On April 20, 2010, Babbitt hired an agent and declared for the NBA Draft.
At the 2010 NBA Draft he was selected as the 16th overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves. His rights were traded along with Minnesota forward Ryan Gomes to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Martell Webster. Babbitt signed his rookie contract with the Blazers on July 6, 2010. On December 8, 2010, the Trail Blazers assigned him to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League. He was recalled ten days later. On March 3, 2011, he was re-assigned to the Idaho Stampede.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Awards and recognition
- 2009–10 WAC All-Decade Team
- 2009–10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American
- 2009–10 AP All American Honorable Mention
- 2009–10 Naismith Award mid seasonfinalist
- 2009–10 WAC Player of the Year
- 2009–10 WAC 1st Team All- Conference
- 2008–09 WAC Freshman of the Year
- 2008–09 WAC 1st Team All- Conference
- 2008–09 WAC Newcomer of the Year
- 2008–10 2-Time WAC All-Tournament Team
- San Jose State Spartans vs. Nevada Wolf Pack - Recap - March 12, 2009 - ESPN
- New Mexico State Aggies vs. Nevada Wolf Pack - Recap - March 13, 2010 - ESPN
- "Minnesota Acquires Martell Webster from Portland". NBA.com/Timberwolves. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 25, 2010. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- Trail Blazers Sign Luke Babbitt
- Trail Blazers Assign Babbit To Idaho
- Blazers Recall Babbitt From D-League
- Trail Blazers' Luke Babbitt heads to NBA Development League
- "Babbitt to play for BC Nizhny Novgorod of Russia". Sportando.net. Retrieved 29 August 2013.