Walker Valley senior Lukas Korn will have a tall order to fill next year as he continues his basketball career at Berry College, an NCAA Division III program.
Luckily for the 6-foot-6 Korn, height will be the least of his worries as he transitions from high school to collegiate-level hoops.
“I still have a lot of growing room and I think that they saw my potential to get better. Length was probably the key factor in why they got me,” Korn stated. “I feel like I can shoot the ball, but I need to work on dribbling and ball handling this summer because I expect to be a guard.”
According to Korn, the school became actively interested in him during the postseason.
“I would say that Berry decided during the playoffs to start talking to me. We’ve had an ongoing conversation since then that has progressed to this,” Korn explained. “I went and toured Berry and loved the campus. When I met the coaches I liked them as well. Everything seemed like it would be a perfect fit.”
During his senior season, Korn was a consistent leader on the court.
“I told our senior class that when they were freshmen our program was struggling and that they are a big reason as to why we’ve had success over the past couple year,” Walker Valley head coach Bob Williams shared. “Lukas was a great leader and led us in rebounding and was in the top two or three in scoring. He helped make this program a lot better.”
Korn averaged 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots a game for the Mustangs, who finished the season with an overall record of 23-11 and made it to the TSSAA Final 16.
“Lukas is very athletic; he can run the floor well, jumps well and plays good around the basket. He will have to work on his outside shot and work in the weight room a little bit, because the college level is more physical,” Williams said.
Korn was shooting at 55 percent from the field this season and was 71 percent from the free-throw line, which earned him All-District 5-AAA honors in the regular and postseason as well as All-Region Tournament recognition.
“Berry is getting a good player. Lukas is another player that I think has his best basketball ahead of him. He keeps improving every year and I wish we could have him back for one more year. I’m proud of him and what he has accomplished in his high school career,” Williams declared.