Luv Patel – Harding Academy (501 Basketball Team 2024)

For Luv Patel, basketball has been an avenue for growing up and developing both as a player and as a person.

“My older cousins would always let me play with them when I was young, and I just fell in love with the game because of that,” he said. “I wasn’t really the best kid when I was young, but as I got older, I would always stay in the gym. Those hours in the gym are starting to pay off.”

Patel started the majority of Harding Academy’s games last season, and he gave the Wildcats a knockdown shooting threat.

“Luv is a great shooter and communicator,” said Harding Academy Head Coach Trey Jameson. “He’s also great academically with a 4.0 GPA. He works at a city gym helping referee and work with our city basketball league. He is one of our hardest workers and has improved tremendously over the past few years. He should be our vocal and emotional leader this season. He is capable of being one of the better 3-point shooters in the conference and has improved his athleticism, which should help every other part of his game.

“I have not coached many kids who put in more work by themselves to improve their game. He is constantly trying to get better, and I am excited to see how his senior year unfolds.”

Patel was also a member of Harding Academy’s championship football team this school year, and his goal is to get one more ring with the Wildcats.