**picture via Charlotte Observer
Luke Stankavage played on the biggest stage as a freshman at Providence Day School. Although he was only a freshman, Stankavage carved himself a spot as one of the first guards coming off the bench in a backcourt he shared with three Division 1 prospects.
Part way through the year, Stankavage tore his ACL, having surgery on it in February. He had a solid season, but this had him miss the entirety of the travel ball season. His travel ball team had experienced a lot of success and was scooped up by Team Loaded to be their NC Adidas Gauntlet team for the 2020 class. Throughout the entirety of his time out, Stankavage worked. He continued shooting and he continued to work in the weight room.
Through his rehabilitation Stankavage continued to get bigger and stronger. He entered his sophomore year standing a sturdy 6’2”. He also transferred from Providence Day School to Ardrey Kell High School. As with any ligament tear the biggest rehab is done mentally. While physically you will be back in months it usually takes over a year to get the trust back mentally.
Playing as one of the main options, Stankavage had an up and down start to the year. He scored 19 points in only his second game of the year, but also scored three points or less in four of the team’s first eleven games. Then, in January, something clicked for him. He averaged 15 points per game over his team’s final 14 games. He scored in double figured in 11 of the final 14 games including outputs of 25 and 31 in his final two games.
Stankavage is hitting his stride this summer, playing in April with Team Loaded NC 16s. He is a dead-eye shooter and has an incredibly high IQ for the game. His footwork, his release, its all high level. He is one that Division 1 schools need to put on their radar for July and need to make it a point to start recruiting. He already carries an offer from Western Carolina and is one who should start to pick up more offers this summer.