Luke Harangody

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Luke Harangody
Luke Harangody's head.png
Valencia Basket
Position Forward
League Liga ACB
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1988-01-02) January 2, 1988 (age 26)
Decatur, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Andrean (Merrillville, Indiana)
College Notre Dame (2006–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52nd overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro playing career 2010–present
Career history
2010–2011 Boston Celtics
20112012 Cleveland Cavaliers
2012 Canton Charge
2012–2013 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2013–2014 UNICS Kazan
2014–present Valencia
Career highlights and awards

Luke Harangody (born January 2, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Valencia Basket of the Liga ACB and Euroleague. Harangody completed his college career at the University of Notre Dame in 2010. He is the only men's player in the history of the Big East Conference to average 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in conference play for his career.[1] He was the 2008 Big East Player of the Year,[2] and was named to the second team on the 2008 Associated Press All-America team.[3] He is also the first Notre Dame men's player to be a three-time first-team All-Big East selection (and just 11th overall) (2008–2010), and the first men's player to lead the conference in both scoring and rebounding in consecutive seasons (2008 and 2009).[1]

Harangody considered entering the 2009 NBA Draft, but withdrew his name to return to Notre Dame for his senior season.[4] Harangody ended his Notre Dame career as the only player to have over 2000 points and 1000 rebounds.

Early years[edit]

Growing up in Schererville, Indiana, Harangody, the son of a former Indiana University football player, had an intense sibling rivalry with his brother Ty, who is 20 months older and was one grade ahead of him in school. The two began with basketball games on a mini-hoop in Harangody's room, which ended when they were kicked out for shaking the light fixtures. The games then moved to a court that their father set up in the basement, and from there to the backyard once they outgrew the basement. Their father soon banned them from the backyard because their one-on-one games almost invariably ended in fistfights, but that only moved their rivalry to local parks. Bigger and stronger, Ty won most of their games; Harangody would later say about those days, "I still look back on that as where most of my competitive nature comes from. To beat him, I'd go all out, all the time." Eventually, the brothers' athletic paths split. Ty followed in their father's footsteps as a football player, eventually earning a scholarship to IU as a tight end; his career was ended by a torn ACL in his sophomore year. Harangody grew 3 inches as a high school freshman and opted for basketball.[5]

Harangody starred at Andrean High School in nearby Merrillville. In his last two high school seasons, he averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds, was named as the top player in Northwest Indiana by at least one media outlet in each season, and received All-State recognition in Indiana in both seasons.[6]

College career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

Despite Harangody's credentials, he had considerable doubts about his ability to play in the Big East, and much of Notre Dame's recruitment consisted of convincing him he was good enough to play in the conference.

After a double-double against Butler in the second game of the season, Irish head coach Mike Brey considered adding Harangody to the starting lineup, but Harangody hesitated and Brey decided to wait until Big East play. Harangody would go on to start the team's final 16 games.[5]

Harangody went on to average 11.2 points and 6.2 rebounds that season, and was named to the Big East All-Rookie first team. However, conditioning proved to be a problem for him that season; he gained weight during the season (not typical for college athletes), and he played more than 30 minutes only once as a freshman. His conditioning caught up with him in the NCAA Tournament. He played only 17 minutes in Notre Dame's first-round loss to Winthrop, and finished with 4 points and one rebound. About that game, he would later remember that "It was hard to get up and down the court. I hit that wall and there was nothing I could do to get out of it. I never wanted to feel like that again." He then had dinner with his parents shortly after the game, an event which his father clearly remembered in an interview the following season: "On the spot, he says, 'I've got to do something.' He rededicated himself from the minute they lost that game."[5]

Sophomore season[edit]

His rededication began with a change in diet; he and the team's trainer worked on a nutrition program that limited his intake of fried foods and carbohydrates. Harangody also increased the intensity of his workout regimen, in both cardiovascular work and weight training. The work paid off in his sophomore season; his body fat content dropped from 14% at the end of his freshman season to 8% by the end of the 2007–08 season.[5] Harangody also took more of a leadership role on the team, notably berating several of the team's freshmen for giggling in the locker room after a January 19, 2008 loss to Georgetown.[5]

Harangody ended the season averaging 20.4 points and 10.6 rebounds,[7] which made him the Big East's leading scorer and second-leading rebounder.[8] In contrast to his early doubts about his ability to play in the Big East, he had even better numbers in Big East play, with averages of 23.3 points and 11.3 rebounds, which led the conference in both categories.[9] This also made him one of only five players in the previous decade to average 22 points and 11 rebounds in conference play for a BCS conference team.[5] His scoring and leadership led the Irish to a 14–4 conference record and 24–7 regular season record.[7] The Irish also became the first team in Big East men's basketball history to go unbeaten at home in conference play in consecutive seasons.[10] Although the Irish lost in the first round of the Big East tournament to Marquette,[11] Notre Dame earned their second straight NCAA Tournament bid as a #5 seed. The Irish beat George Mason in the first round and went out in the second to Washington State.

After the season, Harangody was named the conference Player of the Year,[2] and was also named to the 1st Team All Big East squad.[12] He was named to the Associated Press' All-America Second Team on March 31, 2008.[3]

Junior season[edit]

Harangody never considered declaring for the 2008 NBA Draft. With Harangody and fellow All-Big East first-teamer[12] Kyle McAlarney leading an experienced team, the Irish were expected to make a deep run in the 2009 NCAA Tournament, with Dick Vitale naming the Irish #6 in his preseason rankings[13] and Andy Katz placing the Irish in a "next tier" of teams that he effectively ranked from 8th to 16th.[14]

However, Notre Dame had to deal with a possible threat to Harangody's college eligibility during the 2008 offseason. A Boston company, Cellular Services Worldwide, had obtained public domain photos of Harangody and Irish quarterback Jimmy Clausen and used them in an advertisement on a Notre Dame fan site on the Web. Such a use of images of players is a violation of NCAA rules. The school immediately issued a cease and desist letter to the company, which satisfied NCAA requirements and ensured the players' eligibility.[15]

The Fighting Irish finished a disappointing 21–15, losing in the Final Four of the NIT to Penn State after climbing as high as #7 in the polls during the season.

Senior season[edit]

After declaring for the 2009 NBA Draft, Harangody withdrew and returned for his senior year at Notre Dame.[16]

The Irish rebounded to reach the Big East semi-finals and the NCAA Tournament. Harangody was named All-Big East for the third year in a row and the All-American team for the third year in a row, making him the first Notre Dame player to be named an All-American 3 years in a row in basketball since Kevin O'Shea.

Professional career[edit]

Harangody was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 52nd overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. On August 10, 2010, Harangody signed a two-year deal with the Celtics.[17] On November 2, 2010, Harangody made his NBA debut in a game against the Detroit Pistons. Harangody was 2-of-2 from the field, and scored four points in three minutes of playing time.[18]

On January 7, 2011, in a 122-102 win over the Toronto Raptors, Harangody achieved career highs of 17 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocked shots.[19]

Harangody was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 24, 2011, along with teammate Semih Erden in exchange for a second-round draft pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.[20] On January 27, 2012 he debuted in the NBA Development League for Cleveland's affiliate Canton Charge with a double-double of 11 points and a team-high 11 rebounds against the Bakersfield Jam.[21] He added a double-double the following night against the Los Angeles D-Fenders with a team-high 21 points and 11 rebounds.[22] Harangody was recalled by the Cavaliers on February 1, 2012,[23] but re-assigned on March 6, 2012.[24] On July 11, 2012, the Cavaliers signed Harangody to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.[25] Harangody was waived by the Cavaliers on November 29, 2012.[26]

On December 28, 2012, Harangody was acquired by the Canton Charge. He was then immediately traded to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for JaJuan Johnson.[27]

Harangody joined the Denver Nuggets for the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League.[28] On August 8, 2013, Harangody signed a one–year deal with the Russian club UNICS Kazan.[29]

On July 13, 2014, it was announced that Harangody had signed a 2-year contract with the Spanish ACB and Euroleague club Valencia Basket.[30]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Boston 28 0 8.6 .394 .200 .625 2.0 0.4 0.1 0.3 2.3
2010–11 Cleveland 21 0 19.0 .378 .250 .778 4.2 1.0 0.5 0.5 6.2
2011–12 Cleveland 21 1 11.0 .354 .238 .750 2.5 0.3 0.3 0.1 2.9
Career 70 1 12.4 .376 .241 .737 2.8 0.5 0.3 0.3 3.6

Career highs[edit]

  • Points: 18 @ New York 03/04/11
  • Rebounds: 11 vs. Toronto 01/07/11
  • Assists: 3 3 times
  • Steals: 3 vs. Washington 04/14/12
  • Blocks: 3 vs. Washington 04/01/11

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Luke Harangody And Tim Abromaitis Garner All-BIG EAST Conference Honors" (Press release). University of Notre Dame. 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Notre Dame's Harangody and Brey sweep Big East postseason awards". Sports Illustrated. 2008-03-11. Retrieved 2008-10-13. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "For first time in six decades, no seniors on AP All-America team". ESPN. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  4. ^ Weiss, Dick (2009-06-20). "Luke Harangody withdraws from NBA Draft, returns to Irish with chip on shoulder". Daily News (New York). 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Rittenberg, Adam (2008-02-27). "Harangody emerging as Big East's best big man". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  6. ^ "Men's Basketball Player Bio: Luke Harangody". University of Notre Dame Athletic Department. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  7. ^ a b "2007–08 Notre Dame Men's Basketball: Notre Dame Season Box Score". University of Notre Dame Athletic Department. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  8. ^ "2007–08 BIG EAST Conference Individual Basketball Statistics". Big East Conference. 2008-03-30. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  9. ^ "2007–08 BIG EAST Conference Individual Basketball Statistics (Conference games only)". Big East Conference. 2008-03-30. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  10. ^ "Irish become first Big East team to go undefeated at home two straight seasons". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  11. ^ "McNeal's career-high 28 carry Marquette to Big East semis". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 2008-03-13. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  12. ^ a b "2008 All-BIG EAST Men's Basketball Teams Announced". Big East Conference. 2008-03-10. Retrieved 2008-10-13. [dead link]
  13. ^ Vitale, Dick (2008-09-08). "Dickie V's Preseason Top 40". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  14. ^ Katz, Andy (2008-10-13). "Tar Heels on top as season sets to begin". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  15. ^ Watson, Graham (2008-07-23). "Morning Coffee: Cease and Desist". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  16. ^ Dick, Weiss (June 20, 2009). "Luke Harangody withdraws from NBA Draft, returns to Irish with chip on shoulder". nydailynews.com. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  17. ^ Celtics sign second-round pick Luke Harangody
  18. ^ "Luke Harangody Stats, News, Photos - Boston Celtics". ESPN. 1988-01-02. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  19. ^ "Rookie Harangody leads Celtics over Raptors". WHDH-TV. 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  20. ^ "Cavaliers Acquire Erden and Harangody from Boston for Future Second Round Pick". NBA.com. February 24, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Friday, January 27, 2012; 10:00 PM ET - Jam Events Center, Bakersfield, CA". NBA.com. 2012-01-27. Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  22. ^ "Saturday, January 28, 2012; 9:30 PM ET - Toyota Sports Center, El Segundo, CA". NBA.com. 2012-01-28. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  23. ^ Cavaliers recall Luke Harangody
  24. ^ Cavaliers Assign Eyenga, Harangody To Canton
  25. ^ "Cavaliers sign forward Luke Harangody". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  26. ^ Cavaliers Waive Luke Harangody, Sign Kevin Jones
  27. ^ Charge Acquire Johnson & 1st Round Pick From Mad Ants
  28. ^ "Denver Nuggets announce 2013 Summer League roster". NBA.com. July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Unics Kazan announced Luke Harangody". Sportando.net. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  30. ^ "Harangody heading to Valencia". Euroleague.net. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 

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