LYNN HAVEN, Fla. - This week's Scholar Athlete sponsored by Bill Cramer Chevrolet is North Bay Haven's Luke Brooks!
These days, you can find Luke on the basketball court, but his first love was the football field.
"I was always a football player when I was younger, like in middle school. I started getting really sick and I didn't know why. It turned out I was allergic to grass so that didn't really mix with football well. Basketball was kind of the escape," said Luke.
An escape that turned into a lifestyle.
"I think it was a sign because, now, thinking at the time, I was always better at football, but it opened up so much more time for basketball. I've really grown to love it way more than I ever loved football," said Luke.
"He's our captain, and he kind of keeps everything together for us this year. The kids respect him. He works super, super hard, and he's going to be our go-to guy in the middle this year," said NBH Basketball Assistant Coach Mike McLaughlin.
Balancing an intense basketball schedule and grueling academic curriculum has required Luke to make some sacrifices.
"I gave up on sleep about two years ago, and you just have to stay up late. You just have to do what you have to do," said Luke.
"This is a hard school. The kids know that, to perform here academically, they have to put a lot of hours in," said McLaughlin.
Luke wants to major in industrial or civil engineering while also playing basketball at the next level.
"I want to do emergency response work. So when houses flood or fire - going and repairing them. That's the work my dad does," said Luke.
"Luke's the first to get it done, and when he has a great GPA, it's because he works hard for it," said McLaughlin.
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