Lake Country Lutheran Star, Walking on at UW
MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin men’s basketball head coach Greg Gard announced on Monday the addition of Luke Haertle as a preferred walk-on joining the 2022 Signing Class.
Hartland, Wis. (Lake Country Lutheran)
A 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior, Luke Haertle accepted a preferred walk-on offer to join the Badgers. A standout from Lake Country Lutheran, Haertle amassed 2,264 points and over 1,000 rebounds during his prep career. This past season as a senior, Haertle earned all-state honors after he averaged 22.9 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game while leading Lake Country Lutheran to its first-ever WIAA state title. The state-title run included Haertle scoring a season-high 35 points in the semifinals, followed by a triple-double in the championship game. As a junior for the Division 3 state runner-up Lightning, Haertle was a WBCA First-Team All-State selection after he averaged 24.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game. He shared Midwest Classic Conference player of the year honors in 2020-21. As a sophomore, Haertle earned first-team all-league laurels in the Midwest Classic Conference after averaging 20.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists helping Lake Country Lutheran to a 20-4 record. The multi-sport standout excelled in both basketball and football. On the field at quarterback, Haertle earned 2021 WFCA Offensive Player of the Year honors after he led Lutheran to a 10-1 record as a senior, throwing for 1,882 yards and 31 touchdowns while completing 64 percent of his passes. Haertle helped Lutheran win the Division 5 state football championship as a two-way starter in 2019.
Gard on Haertle: “We are really excited to announce the addition of Luke Haertle to our 2022 class and our program. Luke grew up around Wisconsin athletics with the dream of being a Badger, and he has worked extremely hard on the court and in the classroom to put himself in this position. Luke’s work ethic and skillset are a great fit for our program. He understands the commitment and drive that it takes to win, recently leading Lake Country Lutheran to its first-ever WIAA state championship. A multi-sport athlete who also stood out on the football field at quarterback, Luke has a versatile skill set, high IQ and understanding of the game. We’re looking forward to working with Luke as a Badger to help him reach his goals here at Wisconsin.”