Athlete Showcase: Edwardsburg’s Hudak

Luke Hudak is a senior on the Edwardsburg basketball team.

What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?

LH: Best accomplishment was our team winning conference senior year.

What has been one of your biggest disappointments as an athlete?

LH: Biggest disappointment was losing in districts this year.

Who is a “hero” in your life and why?

LH: My siblings are my heroes. I am the youngest of five, and my siblings are the people I look up to most. They each have different strengths and goals but I have learned so much from each of them.  I am the person I am today because of them.

When are you the most nervous while you are competing?

LH: I am most nervous before the game starts. Right before tipoff.

Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.

LH: It was so embarrassing when my siblings were all home from college and in the stands yelling “that’s my baby brother.”

How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself? 

LH: When I work out at home, I usually run around the lake where I live.

What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing yours?

LH: If I didn’t play basketball, I think it would be fun to play men’s volleyball.

Why are sports an important part of a high school experience?

LH: Sports are so important because you have a chance to meet different people and make friends that you would not have otherwise.

How would you give away $50,000?

LH: If I have that much money, I would give it back to our community to help with youth sports.

If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose? 

LH: I would choose to be a high school basketball coach at an inner-city school. I was fortunate to have had coaches over the years that taught me through sports you can give kids the tools they need to succeed in life. I would love to make that impact on kids.

If I did not play sports, I would…?

LH: If I didn’t play sports, I would probably get a job or volunteer for a youth sports team.

What is the most challenging thing for you to do in your sport?

LH: The most challenging part of basketball season is the long season and playing five or six days a week, every week for months. It is tough to recover from injuries and give your body the rest it needs so you can play at 100 percent.

If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?

LH: I would change how they seed for districts. 

What is the best compliment you have ever received?

LH: The best compliment came from a young kid at kids camp that said he wanted to someday be able to shoot the ball like I do.

What was the scariest thing you have had to do? Are you glad you did it?

LH: The scariest thing for me was having to schedule knee surgery in the fall and knowing I would miss about half of my senior year while I recovered. I am glad I did the surgery so I could play and be an asset to my team.

What was the last thing you saw someone do that really impressed you?

LH: I see it every day now, people staying away from their family and friends to help ensure we are all safe.

What is your favorite hobby? Why? 

LH: Basketball. It has been the one thing in my life that no matter what I can pick up the ball and know I will feel better.

Choose one word to describe yourself: 

LH: Driven.