Wisconsin adds Luke Haertle as preferred walk-on

Wisconsin men’s basketball head coach Greg Gard announced April 4 the addition of Luke Haertle as a preferred walk-on joining the 2022 signing class.

A 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior, Luke Haertle accepted a preferred walk-on offer to join the Badgers. A standout from Lake Country Lutheran, Haertle amassed 2,264 points and more than 1,000 rebounds during his prep career.

This past season as a senior, Haertle earned all-state honors after he averaged 22.9 points, 10 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game while leading Lake Country Lutheran to its first-ever WIAA state title. The state-title run included Haertle scoring a season-high 35 points in the semifinals, followed by a triple-double in the championship game.

As a junior for the Division 3 state runner-up Lightning, Haertle was a WBCA First-Team All-State selection after he averaged 24.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game. He shared Midwest Classic Conference Player of the Year honors in 2020-21.

As a sophomore, Haertle earned first-team all-league laurels in the Midwest Classic Conference after averaging 20.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists helping Lake Country Lutheran to a 20-4 record.

The multi-sport standout excelled in both basketball and football. On the field at quarterback, Haertle earned 2021 WFCA Offensive Player of the Year honors after he led Lutheran to a 10-1 record as a senior, throwing for 1,882 yards and 31 touchdowns while completing 64% of his passes. Haertle helped Lutheran win the Division 5 state football championship as a two-way starter in 2019.

“We are really excited to announce the addition of Luke Haertle to our 2022 class and our program,” said Gard. “Luke grew up around Wisconsin athletics with the dream of being a Badger, and he has worked extremely hard on the court and in the classroom to put himself in this position. Luke’s work ethic and skillset are a great fit for our program.

“He understands the commitment and drive that it takes to win, recently leading Lake Country Lutheran to its first-ever WIAA state championship. A multi-sport athlete who also stood out on the football field at quarterback, Luke has a versatile skill set, high IQ and understanding of the game. We’re looking forward to working with Luke as a Badger to help him reach his goals here at Wisconsin.”