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Luke Whitehead
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Luke Whitehead

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
San Francisco, CA

High School:
Oak Hill Academy

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 220

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
02/09/1981

Experience:
3L


Junior Year:

No. 4 scorer (9.0) and third-leading rebounder (5.4) for the Cards. ... Perhaps no one closed the season hotter than Whitehead, who logged double-doubles in five of the last six games while averaging 15.2 points and 11.5 rebounds while also connecting on a blistering 86.7 percent of his free throws (26-of-30) ... Earned Most Valuable Player honors in the 2003 Conference USA Tournament, producing a double-double in each game. He grabbed a C-USA Tournament-record 37 rebounds in the event ... Double-figure scorer in 37 career games ... In the first NCAA Tournament game of his career, he had 20 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and hit 8-of-13 shots from the field against Austin Peay in first round tournament action ... Scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds -- the second highest of his career -- against UAB in the C-USA Tournament championship game ... Had a stellar effort vs. Charlotte in the regular season finale with 19 points, six assists and a career-high 15 rebounds ... Handed out a career-high eight assists at Charlotte in the Cards' C-USA opener, adding 15 points and five rebounds ... Had a season-high 21 points, seven rebounds and a career-best three blocked shots against Purdue (11-30-02) ... Led U of L with eight rebounds in an overtime victory at Ohio St., adding nine points and two steals ... His father Eddie played for the Cardinals from 1963-66 under Coach Bernard "Peck" Hickman. Eddie averaged 8.9 points and 7.6 rebounds as a 6-4 forward as the Cardinals produced a 16-10 mark his senior year ... His brother Pax played basketball at Vanderbilt and his sister Maya played at Florida ... High school teammate of Kentucky's Cliff Hawkins at Oak Hill.

Sophomore Year: Starter in 22 games at forward as a sophomore as U of L's No. 2 scorer (10.6) and rebounder (6.4) ... Double-figure scorer in 16 games ... Produced his fifth double-double of the 2001-02 season with 14 points and 11 rebounds against Temple in the NIT second round ... Had 11 points and a season-high tying 12 rebounds against TCU in the C-USA Tournament ... His 25 points against Marquette was his second-best scoring effort of the season, adding five rebounds and two steals in the C-USA Tournament quarterfinals ... Had a career-high four steals, 19 points, five rebounds, two blocks, two assists vs. Charlotte in Freedom Hall ... Produced his third double-double of the year with 11 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and a career-high 7 assists vs. South Florida ... Had 20 points, seven rebounds and three steals at Memphis, hitting 10-of-13 shots from the field ... Totalled 12 points, five rebounds, three steals and a career-high five assists against DePaul ... Produced 16 points and 12 rebounds vs. TCU ... Scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Murray State ... Suffered a sprained back and bruises to his left shoulder and face in a scary fall against Coppin State.

Freshman Year: Starting forward in 13 games, ranking as U of L's No. 6 scorer (5.6) and rebounder (3.1) ... Scored in double digits in nine games ... Scored a season-best 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds at Tulane (1-10-01) ... Produced his first double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Georgetown (12-5-00) ... Scored 14 points against Maryland, adding six rebounds and two steals (11-20-00) ... Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against UNLV, adding 12 points and three assists (11-21-00).

High School: Averaged 16.1 points and 7.6 rebounds for Oak Hill, which was ranked second among the nation's high schools by USA Today with a 30-2 record ... Averaged 24 points, 9.3 rebounds, five assists and four steals his junior year at St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco before transferring to Oak Hill Academy. St. Ignatius posted a 30-3 record that year and was ranked eighth nationally by USA Today ... Honored as the most valuable player of the Five-Star Camp (Pitt 4) over the summer of 1999 ... Received notable acclaim from national recruiting services. He was ranked 29th among the nation's top seniors by FastBreak, 25th by Cage Scoop, 31st by the Hoop Scoop, 32nd by Recruiting Beat and 46th by The Sporting News ... A three-year starter at St. Ignatius, Whitehead averaged 18.2 points and 8.2 rebounds as a sophomore as St. Ignatius finished with a 26-4 record. He averaged 10.6 points and 7.1 rebounds as a freshman for his 20-6 St. Ignatius team ... Earned first-team all-section and all-league status his final two seasons at St. Ignatius ... Scored 29 points and grabbed six rebounds in helping the Purple squad to a 148-144 victory in the Nike Derby Festival Classic all-star game in Freedom Hall (4-30-00). He joined IU signee Andre Owens the night before to win the 2-on-2 competition ... Chose Louisville over New Mexico.

Personal: Born Feb. 9, 1981 ... Son of Eddie and Lynn Whitehead ... Major is communications ... Personal goal at U of L is to graduate and win a championship ... Enjoys listening to music in his spare time ... What impresses him the most about Coach Pitino: his knowledge of the game and his work ethic ... Chose to attend U of L because "my father had a great experience here and I always wanted to follow in his footsteps." ... Best basketball advice given to him was to never give up ... Most proud of his family ... His father has had the greatest influence on his athletic career ... Best Athlete Ever Faced: "Michael Jordan when I was a counselor at his camp." ... When he played basketball as a kid, he pretended he was Michael Jordan ... Would most like to meet David Stern on draft night.

Favorites: Basketball Player: Michael Jordan ... Athlete, Other than a basketball player: Roy Jones ... NBA Team: Los Angeles Lakers ... Movie: Gangs of New York ... TV Shows: Making the Band ... Musical Group/Singer: 2 Pac ... Comedian: Jamie Foxx ... Book: True to the Game ... Foods: my dad's barbeque ... Midnight Snack: brownie sundae.

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