After scoring a career-high 36 points against Wabash College, DePauw men’s basketball’s Luke Lattner is our Tiger of the Week. The sophomore has surged onto the scene this season and is averaging 13 points and shooting over 40 percent from beyond the arc. In the 10 games that the Tigers have played since Christmas, the guard is averaging over 17 points. During that stretch, Lattner scored 20 points or more on five different occasions, including the 36 point explosion against the Little Giants. Lattner will likely play a big role if the Tigers are going to improve their standing in the North Coast Athletic Conference before the season ends.
The DePauw (TDP): What did it mean to record your career-high in points against DePauw's biggest rival?
Luke Lattner (LL): It was an awesome experience getting hot like that but it is not about the career-high I had in points, it's about the team and how we battled and got a big conference win. I was thankful that my teammates were able to find me in open spots and I was fortunate enough to knock them down in that game. It was a great environment and a great game as well it was a lot of fun.
TDP: Minus a few games, it seemed like you had a lot of success over the last month of the season. How would you judge your recent play?
LL: The team has been playing better and better as the season has progressed. I am just happy that we are starting to figure things out and it is coming at a really good time.
TDP: What was the experience like getting to travel with the team to Tampa and play over winter break?
LL: Tampa is a blast. It is a great bonding experience with the team because we are always together and we get to go enjoy some warm weather and play basketball during December. It is a great trip with quality basketball because we always bring good teams to compete against so we improve on the court as well.
TDP: Do you guys have what it takes to make a run at a conference title this year?
LL: I think we do. If everything falls into place like we think they can, we are going to be alright and poised to make a deep run at the conference championship. We had big goals for our team at the beginning of the season and we have not lost sight of those goals. We want to win the conference and play in March.