GMG’s Petty ready for next step at Waldorf

GARWIN – Green Mountain-Garwin senior Luke Petty’s high school basketball career is over, but his career on the hardwood is anything but.

Petty helped the Wolverines to a 14-9 overall record and a third-place finish in the Iowa Star Conference South Division this past season and will look to make an impact at the next level when he heads to Waldorf College to help the Warrior men’s hoops program.

Petty made his collegiate decision during the early stages of his final campaign at GMG, but now that the high school season is officially over, he can focus on playing for the Warriors next year.

“Most freshmen who come into Waldorf play mostly junior varsity so I plan on hitting the weights real hard and trying to make an impact any way that I can,” said Petty, who led the Wolverines with 57 steals.

Petty took his second visit to Waldorf and attended a basketball game back in November and then returned to campus for another game on Dec. 21. It was then that he officially decided to sign on the dotted line and become a Warrior.

“Luke is a hard worker and a tough kid,” said Waldorf coach Nigel Jenkins back in December. “He is very good at drawing fouls and creating off the bounce. I look forward to watching him develop. His team played very well this season and Luke was a big part of that. He will be a very solid addition to our team here at Waldorf.”

Petty, who was a first-team all-Iowa Star South Division selection last year, was second on his team in scoring at 11.8 points per game and also grabbed three rebounds per contest and was second in assists with 47. His role will change a bit at Waldorf though as Petty likely will move from the shooting guard position he played at GMG to point guard for the Warriors.

“I feel better with the ball and getting other people involved,” said Petty. “I think I enjoy playing point guard more. I get more excited about the pass than I do the shot.”

Petty, an all-area second-team selection in 2013, said he was really interested in Knox College in Illinois and Buena Vista in Storm Lake also was interested.

One of the reasons he picked Waldorf over those other two schools was because of the sports management program. He plans on majoring in sports management in college.

“I also liked the coaches at Waldorf,” said Petty.

Petty’s next order of business at GMG will be with the Wolverine golf team. That season kicks off with a home meet against Iowa Star rivals Colo-NESCO and Don Bosco in Conrad on April 8.