Luke Loewe celebrates after stealing the ball during a key point in a win over Northeastern. 

Jim Agnew/William & Mary Athletics photo
Luke Loewe celebrates after stealing the ball during a key point in a win over Northeastern. Jim Agnew/William & Mary Athletics photo

   A little more than a year ago, Luke Loewe entered the transfer portal in order to evaluate where he was going to finish his collegiate education and basketball career.

   The Ripon native had just completed his sophomore season with William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and the coach who recruited him was fired; the rest of the staff also left.

   “It was kind of an interesting situation I was in,” Loewe said. “I entered the portal just to kind of protect myself a little bit just to make sure I wasn’t stuck at that school so far away from home with a new coaching staff that didn’t recruit me or didn’t really bring me in as a part of their new program.”

   But after getting to know the new head coach, Dane Fischer, and the assistant coaches, and having the opportunity to work with them a little bit, he knew what he wanted to do.

   “Once he got hired, once I got to meet him and kind of get to see what the environment was going to be like this year it wasn’t that hard of a decision at all,” Loewe said.

   While Loewe decided to remain with the Tribe, the same could not be said about several of his teammates. Of the five players to enter the transfer portal, he was the only one to stay.

   Despite having a lot of new faces in the lineup this year as a result, he was happy with the decision he made.
William & Mary went 21-11 this past season, which marks its second-most victories in a single season since 1950.

   “This past year we had an entire new team from the year prior … so it was definitely different playing with all the new guys,” Loewe said. “But the guys that were on the team were great all year and we really gelled together as a team … So as the year went on it got easier to play with each other, we got to know each other better.”

Read the full story, which includes information on how he uses another hobby to relax and goals for his senior season, in the May 7, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.