Luke Campbell is keeping a couple of traditions alive.
He is the latest in a line of outstanding point guards at Wyoming East.
And he’s keeping a family tradition going as well. His father, John, was a point guard for state championship teams at Mullens in the 1980s. And his cousin, Kent McBride, is a former WEHS point guard himself-and will be his coach at Concord.
Campbell signed to play with the Mountain Lions on Thursday afternoon in the East library.
“I started playing when I was three or four and I loved it right away,” Campbell said.”We had a basketball goal in the living room. I’m sure I drove my Mom and Dad crazy.”
“I played baseball too, but basketball has always been my favorite,” he noted. “It’s just perfect for me. I’m very competitive and always have to be going up and down. In baseball, you can stand in the outfield for two hours and maybe catch two fly balls.”
He was named second team AA all-state this year. He was the Warriors’ second leading scorer at 14 ppg and the team leader in assists.
“My favorite memory is probably when we played back to back nights against Bluefield and South Charleston, even though we lost to Bluefield,” he stated. “I had a fantastic time.
“Getting to play in such a good program in front of people who support you is great,” Cambpell remarked. “And Coach (Rory) Chapman has always been there for me.”
It hasn’t yet been decided whether Cambpell will redshirt at CU.
“My goal is to come in and play right away,” he said.
He says his game is college-ready in most respects. “The thing I need to work on is improving strength,” he commented.
He plans to get master’s degrees in business management and business finance. “That’s the important thing, is to get my degree,” he said.
“I’ve worked hard (to be able to play in college),” Campbell noted. “It’s what I always wanted to do”