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Luc Laketa goes up for a shot in a contest for the Comets on January 23, 2020.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.

By Jeff Steers
JTV Sports

The HawkeyeReport is reporting that Hanover-Horton High School graduate Luc Laketa will be walking on the basketball team at the University of Iowa. 

Publisher Tom Kakert reports that Laketa will play for Fran MaCaffery at Iowa after attending several camps involving the coach.

Laketa was the leading scorer for the Comets in 2019-2020, averaging 15 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game. The senior shot 60 percent from the field, 45 percent on 3-pointers and 71 percent from the free-throw line.

Laketa’s father, Parker, played at Kansas State during the 1980s and then was on the coaching staff at Illinois State and Western Illinois before earning an assistant coaching job at Notre Dame.

Laketa’s older brother, Preston, played his college basketball at Alma College before transferring to Carthage College. His twin brother, Rhett, will play college basketball at North Central College (D3) in Illinois.

The elder Laketa was on the Notre Dame staff for several years alongside McCaffery. The two have continued to stay in contact throughout the years, and their relationship has stayed consistent, according to the HawkeyeReport. 

McCaffery suggested that he and his twin brother attended a prep school in Massachusetts called The Winchendon School. The Laketa twins reclassified to 2021 and, while the season was cut short, were able to focus on academics and basketball to prove themselves to college coaches the Hawkeye Insider reported.

Laketa had plenty of Division 3 offers and Division 2 interest, but about mid-season, Iowa entered the picture and offered him a walk-on spot.

“Coach McCaffery likes that I can shoot it a little bit,” Laketa told the Hawkeye Insider. “I can dribble, pass, shoot, and I’m not going to turn it over a whole lot. He likes that I am 6 feet, 5 inches almost a guard, point forward basically. He likes my versatility as well.”

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